At the final meeting of the Creative Writing group, writers and tutor Kate Massey Chase celebrated the closing of the successful initial season with tea and cake. Kate is leaving us to start her PhD at Exeter University and the ever keen authors are hoping that we can find a venue and maybe fund a new tutor for the group in the autumn. However, until that happens, this was the last one.
Everyone at the Courtyard Café, whose back room housed the fortnightly hothouse of creativity, expressed their gratitude to the County Councillors who helped to fund course for people with Parkinsons. And thanks also went to Chris Blanch who started it all with the original class funded by the Health and Wellbeing Partnership at St Albans District Council. She also arranged for the Haikus we all wrote to be displayed around the district during the St Albans First weekend. The board in the photo has been left with the Courtyard Café, as it is about the café itself.
Councillors continue to support the project. Roma Mills, Councillor for the Batchwood Ward commented on how much she liked the Haikus when she saw them displayed outside the Town Hall and added that she had read them all. And Chris Branch sent us more news about the Haiku boards: “they just won’t hide away in a cupboard!” The boards will be on display in Verulamium Park at the end of August (by the Fighting Cocks entrance). They will be there until the end of October.
Particular thanks, in addition, must go to Vivienne Windle who masterminded the funding for this project, even finding the money to pay for the complimentary cake for the final session.