This was Nancy’s first workshop for us and sadly, probably her last, as she is having to move away in the near future. And it was truly memorable in that it inspired some absolutely splendid work. Her premise was simple, as are all the best workshops. She offered three scenarios, write about romance in all its many guises, a life swap with someone you like or admire, or tell us about a piece of advice you received and whether you followed it.
We absorbed our instructions, then it was heads down and silence except for the squeaking of pens and pencils and the tapping of keys into phones and laptops. Thirty minutes later we were off, reading back our work. And how entertaining it proved to be. We began with the love story of Basil and Rosie, rapidly revealed in their feline personas. Then we heard a hilarious piece of doggerel, appropriately about a dog. Well, yes, there are a lot of animal lovers at Shorelink – and I am not apologising for that! We were entertained by more animal stories as the evening progressed, the cat whose disappearance caused an unlikely romance, the red setter who unintentionally scared a dog phobic walker, a stalwart bull dog, and several others, not forgetting Polly and Horace, and their tortoise romance. And an enchanting take on The owl and the pussycat, possibly one of history’s most famous mixed marriages.
We had a charming story of a family feud, healed by the intervention of a mysterious stranger who quite literally built a bridge between their properties. The pieces came thick and fast, romance probably the favourite theme. Some funny, some poignant, some fantasy but many based on members true experiences. We are, without doubt, a romantic lot. As always far too many to describe here, but I can pick out a couple of the more picturesque phrases and words. A fable about the power of listening was introduced with the word poppycock (now there’s a word to cherish), the stirrings of love were described as a hammer to my heart .
It was once again, a quite delightful, and inspiring, evening. I am constantly amazed at your collective creativity. Thank you everyone, and especially thank you to Nancy. Don’t forget us! And who knows, perhaps some time in the future you’ll be back to do another workshop for us. Meanwhile, bon voyage from all your Shorelink friends.
Reading week at Tesco on 10th, optional theme, So what did you have in mind? I am looking forward to finding out! Sally