Creative Minds
Creative Minds Writing group will soon be celebrating its first birthday! With over twenty members its website is proving an invaluable tool for: checking on group information, meeting times, showcasing members’ work, news on members’ success, and writing opportunities. Take a look at www.creativemindswriting.co.uk the group is free to join and the members’ website inclusion is also free of charge.

Being part of a group, and having that motivational momentum behind you, can make all the difference; a friendly environment to discuss your work, writing opportunities and the craft of creative writing itself can really help to propel you career as a writer and keep you on track.

For further information about joining Creative Minds Writing contact Nicky on nickywhite28@hotmail.co.uk.

Collaborators wanted
Spoken word/poet is looking to collaborate with other poets, covering topic such as the atlantic slave trade, civil rights movements and the black cultural experience.  For more information please contact secret_hub@hotmail.co.uk.

Young People’s Writing Group

Are you aged between 13 – 18? Want to be an author, journalist, poet, scriptwriter or just enjoy writing? Then come to our Creative Writing Group!

Alternate Saturdays: 17th September & 1st, 15th 29th October, 2-4pm in Central Library, Abington Street, Northampton.

Volunteer Reading Help – courses
Would you like to inspire a child to read? Thousands do with Volunteer Reading Help . . . could YOU? What difference does VRH make? 96% of children Volunteer Reading Helpers worked with showed an improvement in overall achievement and self-confidence. Our mission is to inspire children to become confident and literate for life through the sustained support of trained volunteers. Together we can give children a brighter future.

Schools say, “The volunteers are well trained and skilled at what they do”. – Headteacher of a school in Southampton using VRH. Children say, “I hated going to school until I started having sessions with Tony. He has shown me that reading isn’t as hard as I thought so now I am doing better in all my classes”. – 8 year old child who has worked with Tony, a Volunteer Reading Helper. Volunteers say, “I came to volunteer at VRH as I hope to return to full-time work. Volunteering with VRH has given me useful skills and experience as well as increasing my confidence.” “I feel valued and useful. It’s a great way to spend spare time. I’m amazed at what can be achieved in a few hours.” “I really look forward to my VRH sessions. Everyone at school makes me feel welcome and the children are pleased to see me.”

Would you like to know more? Our website www.vrh.org.uk has more information about VRH. If you have any questions about being a volunteer or would like us to send you an application pack please call our central office on 020 7729 4087 or email info@vrh.org.uk. Alternatively, to get in touch with your local VRH branch via Christine Thomas: 07912392289.

Writers in the Daventry Area?
If you already write stories, poems or Non-Fiction, or think you might like to have a go, would you be interested in setting up a Self-Help Writers Group? Please contact Judith Davies at Daventry Library (01327) 703130. email: jmdavies@northamptonshire.gov.uk. I would like to hear from anyone interested in joining or helping to lead such a group. The initial idea is to hold regular meetings at Daventry Library at some time during normal opening hours which are: Mon – Fri 9 – 7 or Saturday 9 – 5. 

Creative Practitioners Directory
The Northants Creative Practitioners Directory is produced by NCC Arts Development and is a free resource listing a wealth of Creative Practitioners with experience in delivering creative workshops with children and young people.We hope that as new creative practitioners come onto the scene we can refresh and update the PDF version annually in order to keep it up to date. For a current copy of the directory please contact efield@northamptonshire.gov.uk.

Are you looking for exciting initiatives to support and enable positive outcomes for young people? Do you offer extended schools or enrichment learning opportunities, for young people, through the arts? Would you like to be able to accredit the young people’s work and add value to their achievements? Would you like help them to develop as leaders with strong personal and social skills?If you answer yes to any of the above the Arts Award could be for you. All young people undertaking the award must be supported by an adviser. Please see details below for the next Northants based Arts Award adviser training. For further info about the arts award or the adviser training dates please visit the website www.artsaward.org.uk.

Call for Scriptwriters
Interested in writing for television, film and radio? We are a group of scriptwriters who meet fortnightly to discuss what’s new, what competitions and opportunities are available, and to read and assess each other’s work. New members are always welcome. For more info, email matthew.ward47@ntlworld.com.


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