Next Workshop

The Paperback Writers
at The Coffee Stop, Railway Road, Leigh WN7 4AA
Wednesdays 10.30 – 12.30pm
£5 per session
During the workshops you will receive feedback on work produced and learn how to apply different styles and techniques in practical writing exercises, responding to a range of different stimuli.
*please enquire in advance
*unfortunately the room is up a flight of stairs with no lift available so not suitable for those with mobility issues

MemorabLEIGH
in the Old Grammar School, Railway Road, Leigh
Tuesdays 1-3.00pm
£4 per session, includes tea and coffee
Reminiscence workshops about the Leigh area aimed at the over 50s. An entertaining mixture of local history and personal memories.

Years Ahead Writing Group Workshops (aimed at those aged 50+)
at The Grangeway Community Centre, Runcorn WA7 5HA
from Thursday 18th January 2018 10.00 – 12.00pm for 10 Weeks
Course Fee: £4 term fee then £4 per session.
During the workshops you will receive feedback on work produced and learn how to apply different styles and techniques in practical writing exercises, responding to a range of different stimuli. No previous experience needed.

Creative Writing for Pleasure (Beginners course)
at Lowton High School
from Tuesday 23rd January 2018
6.45-9.15pm for 9 weeks
Fee: to be confirmed. Enrolment: Thursday 11th January 2018 (times tbc).
No previous experience needed.

Next Production/Project

As Chair of Healthy Arts I am delighted to announce that, in partnership with Wigan Council Archives Service and Bedford High School, we have been awarded £42,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Young Roots programme for an exciting new project, Remembering Grammar School Education in Leigh. Made possible by money raised from National Lottery players, the 12-month project will explore the memories of former students 40 years after the schools closed and share them with current pupils and the community in celebratory events and workshops.

I am also busy planning and running workshops and completing funding bids and there’s a collaborative idea in the fire…

 

 


Healthy Arts

Healthy Arts are delighted to announce that, in partnership with Wigan Council Archives Service and Bedford High School, we have been awarded £42,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Young Roots programme for an exciting new project, Remembering Grammar School Education in Leigh. Made possible by money raised from National Lottery players, the 12-month project will explore the memories of former students 40 years after the schools closed and share them with current pupils and the community in celebratory events and workshops.

 

 

 

 

 

I am Chair of Healthy Arts, a not-for-profit group of local professional artists in the Wigan borough who:

– provide a wide range of creative arts-based activities and training opportunities for people who are, or maybe at risk of experiencing physical and / or mental health problems

– promote access, participation and recovery by helping people to feel involved and to regain confidence, self-esteem, social and communication skills and emphasise what people can discover by themselves

– increase individual capacity for innovation and learning, problem solving and leadership skills, develop creative skills and discover new areas of creative expression, to nurture aspiration

For further information:

Last Production/Project

During the autumn months I worked with Merry Hell musician, and fellow Healthy Arts artist, Bob Kettle. Together we helped the Catching Creativity group members in Bolton to devise an improvised drama piece and write an original song. Both were performed to an invited audience at Bolton Little Theatre on 06.12.17.

 

Over the summer I worked with older Southport residents exploring and responding to the Natural History Collection at The Atkinson Museum in Southport as part of Encountering the Unexpected project. The exhibition opened on 30.09.17 on the top floor of the museum as part of the exploration of the Sefton coast and will be on display for the forseeable future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I thoroughly enjoyed directing and producing my short script, ‘Women’s Work’ about the female workers at The Spinners mill in Leigh during WW1 for the Leigh Canal Festival on 8th, 9th & 10th September 2017. The play was funded by the Deal for Armed Forces WW1 Commemoration Fund and was performed by http://healthyarts.org.uk/ Platform actors.

It was fascinating to see the range of work produced by contributors to Live from Worktown’s new anthology for autumn 2017, inspired by the Worktown Mass Observation project and the Bill Naughton collection at Bolton Library. Supporting them in editing and refining their work was both interesting and enjoyable.

I was very proud to be part of the Time To Change: Suicide Pevention workshop which accompanied the premiere of ‘On The Edge’, the film of my script at The Sunderland Shorts Festival 2017. If the film helps to save just one life it will make everyone’s hard work worthwhile. See trailer for film: http://www.mfreeth.com/on-the-edge/

http://www.sr-news.com/index.php/2017/05/02/sunderland-shorts-film-festival-to-hold-suicide-prevention-workshop-alongside-showing-of-hard-hitting-film-on-the-edge/.

It was a privilege and a joy to work with Dramatic Action on their Hate Crime 2017 project funded by CVS Bolton.

 

 

 

Last Workshop

Script Surgery – Developing Your Script (Improvers course) at Lowton High School October – December 2017

‘A productive and illuminating course with a very conscientious teacher.’

‘Genuinely beyond expectations. Very constructive feedback which highlighted how little I knew and how much I have learned.’

‘I’ve learnt a lot. Doing this course has been worth it, I’ve learned a lot of new techniques.’

Hindley Speaks Local History workshop at Chapter One Tearooms, Hindley Library 27.11.2017

‘Thank-you so much for a lovely interesting morning and learning the local history.’

‘Really enjoyable. Thank-you.’

‘A very enjoyable and informative morning, thank-you.’

Years Ahead creative writing workshops at Grangeway, Runcorn Autumn 2017

‘So enjoy your classes.’

‘Thank-you Julie for your wonderful lessons and understanding.’

‘Thanks so much for the inspiration.’

Music Hall Workshop with Sunshine Writers October 2017

‘First session – didn’t know what to expect, just wanted to sit and listen but got drawn into it – very enjoyable.’

‘Really enjoyed it. Learnt a lot.’

‘A really enjoyable session, making everyone think outside the box and some great pieces written.’

Melodrama Workshop with Sunshine Writers October 2017

‘A great spontaineous session based on melodrama. Really enjoyable.’

‘Excellent. Really enjoyed.’

‘Thank-you Julie, excellent.’

An Introduction to Scriptwriting, Lowton High School Summer 2017

‘Excellent course. Learned different styles. Excellent teacher.’

‘Well constructed and presented course. Very informative and useful. Thanks.’

‘Interesting course. Looked at many different styles, had lots of time to develop ideas and useful feedback to edit and improve.’

Years Ahead creative writing workshops at Grangeway, Runcorn Summer 2017

‘Thank-you so much for allowing my imagination to run amok!.’

‘Thank-you for your patience and imagination while coping with us ‘oldies’.’

‘Thank-you for the stimulation you provide. I need it!’

WW1 Workshops with Sunshine Writers May 2017

‘Enjoyed the class. Inspirational.’

‘Enjoyed the subject – food for thought.’

‘Thought provoking. Brilliant!’

Scriptwriting Workshop with Phoenix Writing Group March 2017

‘A very good session. Covered what should go into script and what can be left to actors which has been bothering me for a while.’

‘Interesting session – good to start with word play and build up to simple script.’

‘We like sessions where we have lots of input too and you certainly let us all contribute.’

Creative Writing workshop with Harwood Library Writing Group March 2017

‘Very enjoyable, something different, nice to work with other people. Great afternoon.’

‘Made my brain focus (quite unusual). Many thanks.’

Creative Writing workshop with Horwich’s Phoenix Writers January 2017

‘Wonderful session. Great ideas.’

‘Thanks for your patience with those of us lacking imagination!