Creative Writing

VIRSA – A celebration of South Asian Heritage Month 2022

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Calderdale’s South Asian Heritage Festival begins with a Weekend of Celebration at Square Chapel Arts Centre and The Piece Hall.

The festival, commissioned by Calderdale Council, promises a month of events and activities to celebrate the long and rich history of British Asians and the positive impact they have within the borough. It will bring together leading British Pakistani and Indian writers and performers plus local businesses and community groups at venues across Calderdale.

Download Flyer here

The Piece Hall

The Piece Hall event begins at midday and will feature Indian drumming, henna painting, calligraphy arts, face painting, antique Pakistani jewellery, handmade bags and free, fun, family activities in the main courtyard. There will also be music and writing workshops and performance events at Square Chapel Arts Centre over that weekend. All activities are FREE! And there will be a real community market feel in the courtyard … a chance to celebrate the friendship and generosity of South Asian culture …

Square Chapel Arts Centre

Brilliant FREE workshops for women and girls, not just of South Asian heritage. This is an invitation to all women interested in culture, identity, sense of place and empowerment.

Booking is essential. You can book workshops and events at Square Chapel Arts Centre here: squarechapel.co.uk/whats-on/

Saturday 16th July @ 1.30 pm
” I Belong Here ” – Talk & Writing Workshop with Award Winning author Anita Sethi
A two-hour session with Anita Sethi. Short talk after which Anita will explore themes of place, nature, journeying – both geographical and emotional journeys – and how nature and writing can bring a sense of belonging.

Saturday 16th July @ 4 pm
Into the Wilds – New South Asian Writing
Fox & Windmill is the UK’s first independent book publishing company for British South Asian writers. They are dedicated to bridging the gap in the industry for writers from underrepresented backgrounds and sharing their unique stories and perspectives.

Sunday 17th July @ 2pm

Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan Free Workshop & Performance Event
Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan is a writer, poet and educator disrupting understandings of history, race, knowledge and violence. In 2019 she published Postcolonial Banter, an anthology of poetry critiquing racism, Islamophobia and notions of national identity. The collection includes poems which have had millions of online views and been featured across TV and radio.

Saturday July 23rd
Square Chapel will host a screening of acclaimed film ‘Lakeer’ followed by a Q&A with the film’s producer

Victoria Theatre

Saturday July 23rd – South Asian Comedy Club

Comedy club with some of the best South Asian comedians on the comedy circuit.Calderdale’s museums and libraries will feature a number of displays and events to complement the celebrations.This is an opportunity for all communities to come together and share the best South Asian culture has to offer – please let your friends and colleagues know and help make this a regular feature of Calderdale’s Cultural Calendar!The full programme of events and activities can be found at:

issuu.com/verddegris/docs/programme

 

Elland’s Happiness Lab Showcase Friday 15th July at 7pm

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Over the past 8 months we have been dancing, drawing, writing, singing, and making with the community in and around Elland to explore what happiness means to them for our Elland’s Happiness Lab project.
We would like to share our ‘findings’ and celebrate the project with you at a special evening event involving:
  • A preview of our happiness exhibition of drawing and writing from local groups, schools, and individuals (the full exhibition will be in Elland Library from 18th July)
  • A wonderful documentary film about the project, made by the brilliant Rainbow Trout Films
  • A ‘taster menu’ of live dance performance – each one inspired by the themes that have emerged from the project. Performed by local community members and Curious Motion dancers, with choreography by myself and the performers.
  • There will of course be brews, refreshments and light snacks available too (vegetarian/ vegan).
Please join us on Friday 15th July, 7pm, at Southgate Church in Elland (HX5 0JL). This is our first venture back into community events and we would love to share this with you!
Make sure to book a ticket as we have limited spaces available
>> Click HERE to book <<
Tickets are Pay as You Feel – free tickets are available for anyone who needs them, or you can make a donation amount of your choice. All donations are gratefully received to ensure we can build on this project and support the long-term wellbeing of the local community.
Hope to see you there.
Warm wishes
Sam and the team at Curious Motion x
Venue : Southgate Methodist Church, Langdale St, Elland HX5 0JL

Tree of Life 2 day Creative Writing Workshop

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Healthy Minds Calderdale would like to invite you to their Creative Writing Workshop, titled Tree of Life.

In this creative writing workshop you will be exploring your own personal stories and your unique journeys, using the metaphor of a tree’s growth as a guide.

The workshop will run on two days over two weeks at the Orange Box in Halifax (details below).

Dates: Tuesday 11th January: 12:30 – 2:30pm
Tuesday 18th January: 1.15pm – 3.15pm

Refreshments will be provided.

 

To book please contact Hayley:
t: 07845014927
e: Hayley@healthymindscalderdale.co.uk

 

Venue: The Orange Box, 1 Blackledge, Halifax, HX1 1AF

Free Creative Writing Workshop at the Orange Box

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Would you like the chance to get your work published on the Time Out website? Come to our workshop led by author and Time Outer Tara Guha and learn how to express yourself through creative writing.

 

Wed 18th Aug 2 – 4pm
Orangebox Youth Centre,1 Blackledge,Halifax HX1 1AF

To book, complete the online booking form and quote the name and date of the workshop: https://forms.office.com/r/WqKNGYkeHt

Any questions? Get in touch by emailing us at: timeout@healthymindscalderdale.co.uk

Time Out Free Kids Summer Activities

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Did someone say FREE KIDS ACTIVITIES? 😁
Time Out are bringing a summer schedule for children and young people 9+ in Calderdale, with sessions on art, boxing and creative writing.
Booking is essential and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
All activities except from boxing sessions are happening at Calderdale Young People’s Service Orange Box – Halifax.
To book for the creative activities, but not for boxing, please use the link below:
https://forms.office.com/pages/responsepage.aspx…
For the boxing sessions, book directly with Josie at the Northern Powerhouse Boxing Academy
You can text Josie on 07989 538044 for a booking form or email josie@northernpowerhouseboxing.org.uk
Any questions? Contact timeout@healthymindscalderdale.co.ukFind out more about other free activities happening across Calderdale on our website: https://www.timeoutcalderdale.co.uk/timetable.html

Elland 700 at Elland Library – Walk and Write around Elland

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This year marks the 700 year anniversary of Elland becoming an official market town.

The town received a Royal Charter on 24 February 1317 from King Edward II allowing it to host a weekly market, as well as two fairs a year.

On 15 June 2017 – 14:00 to 17:00 take a short walk around Elland exploring its history with a knowledgeable local guide. Then return to the library to do creative writing inspired by the walk. For more information about this FREE event contact Elland Library on 01422 374472 or email elland.library@calderdale.gov.uk.

FREE arts activities at the Craft Locker next week

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As part of the celebrations for Elland’s 700th birthday Square Chapel is working with artists from Two Destination Language to collect and share the stories of the people who remember Elland’s past, make it what it is today, and have dreams for its future.

The project is called LANDED, and as part of it two artists will be based in CraftLocker (77 Southgate) in Elland next week so if you’re passing, drop in and have a cup of tea and a chat, or come to one of their drop-in sessions with an arts activity:

  • Monday 22 May – 2pm to 4pm: Drawing
  • Tuesday 23 May – 10 to 12noon: Poetry
  • Wednesday 24 May 2pm to 4pm: Origami birds
  • Thursday 25 May – 2pm to 4pm: Creative writing
  • Friday 26 May – 10am to 12noon: Painting

At other times, just pause for a chat, or give Alister a call on 07786 911954 to set up an appointment if you want to be sure to meet us!

All sessions (and the tea) are free!

Creative writing workshop at Brighouse Library

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This creative writing workshop with local writer, teacher and library staff member, Emma Decent uses the resources of the library for inspiration, so go along and go on a creative journey with the help of maps, stories in the fiction section and more.

Friday 17 February – 10.30am to 12.30pm
At Brighouse Library, Halifax Road, Brighouse, HD6 2AF

Admission is FREE but tickets must be obtained online here

For information please call Brighouse Library on 01422 288060