Nicky Thompson reflects on her time at Hut 136.
I spent Thursday evening finishing planning for Write on the Beach on Friday morning, all the time looking anxiously at the sky and hoping the next day would be sunny. I’d looked at the size of Hut 136 and figured we could only fit everyone in with some serious lap sitting, and that wouldn’t help with the writing.
But I needn’t have worried, it was a gorgeous day, eight people came along to take part and we sat on the pebbles, listened to the sea and gulls, wrote poetry and drank tea.
There is always something magical about writing in groups, there’s a certain energy that inspires creativity, and often pushes us to write in directions we wouldn’t usually. People produced beautiful, thoughtful writing, and hopefully have nuggets they can craft into finished poems.
The beach is my favourite place to write, there’s something about the openness, the space, and the ever changing nature of the sea, that just inspires me. And sharing that with everyone yesterday was fantastic.
So, thanks to everyone who came along to write, I’ll try and do another one sometime soon.
Pebble Poetry – creative writing for well-being and self-discovery
People United’s Beach Hut 136 is available for individuals and community groups to use free of charge. Please visit our Beach Hut page for more information.