Celebrating the 1st National Writing Day, Wednesday 21 June

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Celebrating the 1st National Writing Day, Wednesday 21 June

Time: June 21, 2017 all day
Location: From your window/Goldsmiths Allotment
Street: 314 New Cross Road etc
City/Town: London
Website or Map: https://www.nationalwritingda…
Phone: 020-7481-7777
Event Type: 1st, national, writing, day
Organized By: NAWE
Latest Activity: Jun 19, 2017

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The inaugural National Writing Day will take place on 21 June 2017. It’s a one-day national campaign to celebrate the power and pleasure of writing. NAWE are partners of the project and we're aiming to get people writing on the day and to highlight ongoing work promoting creative writing across the year.
Share the View from your Window
For National Writing Day we are asking the public to share the View From My Window. Based on a simple writing technique, the activity will give people the chance to express their vision of the world around them, whatever that may look like. In order to encourage participation, we would love you to help get the ball rolling and tell us what you ‘see’ when you look out of the window. Follow these simple steps:

Choose your window: This can be a window in your home, from your daily commute, a famous landmark.
Tell your story
Write what you see. Interpret this in any way you like, beginning with the line, ‘The view from my window…’
Share on social media
Snap a photo of the view and share online with your favourite phrase from your story using #TellYourStory. You can also @WriteDay on Twitter or @NationalWritingDay on Instagram.
Click here to find out more about what's going on and how you can get involved https://www.nationalwritingday.org.uk
Midsummer Solstice at Goldsmiths Allotment
One of many activities taking place on June 21, will be a writing workshop at Goldsmiths Allotment, followed by the Garlick Man Parade and readings at The Word Bookshop.
Dr Francis Gilbert (Department of Education and Creative Writing) and Seraphima Kennedy (Director of NAWE) will be running activities to inspire writing about the Solstice, summer and nature.
Writing Workshop at Goldsmiths Allotment 2:00 - 5:00pm Dr Francis Gilbert (Department of Education and Creative Writing) and Seraphima Kennedy (Programme Director of NAWE) will be running activities to inspire writing about the Solstice, summer and nature. Participants will be encouraged to respond to the plants, animals and objects on the allotment through poems, life writing or fiction.
Garlick Man Parade Arrive at 4.45pm for departure at 5:00pm Come in costume and with musical instruments to join the Garlick Man Parade to awaken the spirits of the earth and summer, and to celebrate community. Setting off from the Allotment with the Old Nag of New Cross we will join the Garlick Man and his contingent as they wind through the streets of New Cross up to Telegraph Hill, or as it used to be known, ‘Plow’d Garlick Hill’. The ‘marriage’ of the Garlick Man and the Old Nag takes place in the top park at the top of Telegraph Hill, and celebrations continue at The Hill Station Cafe.
The Word Bookshop, 314 New Cross Road 6.30-8.30pm Blue Door Press and NAWE host longer readings by Francis Gilbert, who will read from his novel Who Do You Love (BDP, 2017), Ian McAuley, and Seraphima Kennedy of NAWE, who will lead some writing exercises. There will be an ‘open mic’ for anyone to read from work they wish to share.
You can also join in from afar by tweeting us your #SummerSolstice poems!
For more information about the Writing Workshop, contact Dr Francis Gilbert, f.gilbert@gold.ac.uk
For more information about the Garlick Man Parade and Goldsmiths Allotment, contact Dr Ros Gray, r.gray@gold.ac.uk
Best wishes
Wes Brown
Website Manager & Young Writers' Co-ordinator National Association of Writers in Education
E: info@nawe.co.uk; on behalf of; w.brown@nawe.co.uk

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