Writing Poems in the Priory Workshop

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Date(s) - 29/06/2022
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Bridlington Priory Rooms


The following information is about a past event which took place on Saturday 29th June.

The monastic Priory must have been a hive of craft activity in stone, wood, glass and much more. To commemorate this, Priory 900 organised a series of workshops on alternate Saturdays throughout the season. Each workshop offered a small group the chance to work with an expert and practise some of the skills involved.

Workshop Tutor: Pat Borthwick

The aim of this workshop was to enable participants to write their own poems inspired by Bridlington Priory – a place which has inspired many writers, including Albert Ketelbey’s’ In a Monastery Garden’, a famous song of yesteryear! The poems may be exhibited in the Priory later in the summer.

Pat Borthwick has three full-length poetry collections and several smaller pamphlets. She won the National Templar Pamphlet Collection in 2007. Her poems have won several prizes including the Amnesty International Human Rights Award, the Keats-Shelley Poetry Award (2011) and the basil Bunting Poetry Award (20120. She has also received two International Hawthornden Writers’ Fellowships in 2003 and 2012.

Pat has been Writer-in-Residence for many national projects, including a canal in Notts, a coal mine in Notts, the Geffrye Museum in London, the Yorkshire Wolods, the RSPB Bempton Cliffs, the GPS Poetry Project, Northern Allotments and the Festival of London.

“The participants seemed not only to enjoy the workshsop, but to learn a lot about the Priory and poetry writing as well.” said Pat. “A good result, I’d say!”

Writing Poems in the Priory Workshop with Pat Borthwick (far left). Photo by Julie Folds.


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