I am Diane and I have been running creative writing workshops as “Barefoot At The Kitchen Table” in and around the Abergele, Llandudno and County Conwy area since 2016
For more information about Barefoot At The Kitchen Table writing groups, prompts and more go to https://barefootatthekitchentable.wordpress.com/
I run daytime and evening writing workshops in the Abergele area for small groups of adults in general creative writing, memoir writing and writing for well being. These happen in community centres, day centres, cafes and even on occasions at my own kitchen table. I also run creative writing and history workshops with primary schools in the Abergele catchment area.
In 2018 I ran a project in conjunction with Emrys ap Iwan High School, Abergele and Gwrych Castle based on the centenary of the ending of The Great War which culminated in a day of plays written by the pupils at Gwrych Castle.
I have a current DBS
Here I am in the sunshine at Gwrych Castle for their Medieval Festival, August 2018, telling the story of Grufudd up Cyan, Prince of Gwynedd who fought many battles with both the Normans and the Vikings along the North Wales coast. Here is a YouTube clip from Gwych Castle’s Medieval Festival August 2017. My piece runs from about 3-11 minutes, but the rest of the video is well worth watching too
Workshops I am running at the moment
Writing groups have restarted!!! Hurray!!!
BareFoot At The Kitchen Table Writing Group – 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month 2-3.30pm. Evening sessions suspended until enough people wish to join
Next Session Tuesday 7th February 2023 at 2pm.
Location – My dining table, Sea Road, Abergele LL22 7BU
Cost £10 per person per session payable by BACS, Paypal or cash – in advance if possible to secure a place, but payment taken on the day as well
Contact me on email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org to book a place.
Reviews by workshop participants
Diane helped me get back to writing again with useful exercises and gentle encouragement. The group sessions are also instrumental in keeping the momentum – we all look forward to see what each person has to share. Lindsey Thomas, Abergele, with Barefoot At The Kitchen Table since 2018
Thank you Diane, I had such a fabulous evening, the group is so welcoming and easy going. It was great to hear everyone’s work and I am so happy to have positive feedback on my poem, especially from like minded people. Adele Thackray, Belgrano, August 2021
Diane is one of life’s encouragers and that’s what she does in spades in the writing workshops she runs. She makes them interesting and fun, putting everyone at their ease. No matter how rubbish I might think something I’ve written is, she will always find something in it worth developing. One comes away from the workshops inspired. Dot Patterson, Llanddulas, with Barefoot At The Kitchen Table since 2017
Blogs on Writing
What do you write like when no one is looking? Sept 2021
Using that Writing Muscle November 2021
What is it really like to be a writer February 2022