Capturing a saltmarsh in words: a creative writing day on the Upper Solway

Saturday June 8th 2019, 10am-4pm, at RSPB Campfield, Bowness-on-Solway, CA7 5AG

The saltmarsh by RSPB’s Campfield Reserve is, like other saltmarshes, fretted with creeks. It’s an open – but not dauntingly vast – space, bordering acres of mud at low tide, and looking across the Firth to nearby Scotland. You can feel a ‘strong sense of place’. The sounds, the sights, the smells, even the history – how will you experience, and record them?

On this day of creative writing – fiction, and non-fiction (but not poetry, I’m afraid) – join Ann Lingard out on the marsh, wandering, observing, examining the minute creatures that live in the muddy creeks, listening, chatting. And then back inside, into the Solway Wetlands Centre on the reserve, to warm up, eat and drink, and each – with the help of some simple writing exercises – think about what might have inspired you during the morning.

This event is run on behalf of the Cumbria Wildlife Trust; it’s free but, as charities, CWT and/or the RSPB would be delighted with a small donation, perhaps a minimum of £5.

Where: The venue is RSPB Campfield Marsh, Bowness on Solway, CA7 5AG.

When: Saturday June 8th, 10am-4pm.

Booking: Through Cumbria Wildlife Trust, either by phone 01539 816300 or email mail@cumbriawildlifetrust.org.uk . See also the Events section of their website.

What to wear: You will need wellies (essential) – and bring warm clothes and waterproofs.

What to bring: Tea and coffee (and cake) will be provided, but bring your own lunch. And don’t forget a pen and notebook, and perhaps a camera.

If you want to do a little preparation (not essential), you can read more about the saltmarshes on Solway Shore Stories, and there’s more about specific saltmarsh topics on this blog.

To find out more, click here.

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