Here Be Dragons
With St George’s Day falling on Friday 23 April, we’ve commissioned a brilliant new video tutorial from artist extraordinaire Keith Ashford. St George’s Day is celebrated in many countries besides England, with the depictions of the Saint often featuring his encounter with a fearsome dragon. Keith shows you how to make a friendlier dragon mobile in the video below.
By happy coincidence, 23 April also sees us celebrate World Book Night. Presented by the Reading Agency in partnership with Specsavers, in 2021 the theme will be “Books to Make You Smile”. We think this is a wonderful theme and wholeheartedly encourage everyone to get reading this April. With lots of excellent resources and ways to get involved, you can find out more at the following link.
Keeping going with the literary theme, we’re delighted to be supporting a programme of free weekly online creative writing workshops delivered by the Word Association CIC. Starting the week beginning 12 April, here are two strands – Words to Live By and Shh-OUT! The former aims to support people anyone struggling with their mental health, while the latter is aimed at the LGBTQ+ community. For enquiries and to book your place email ‘email@example.com’
If you’ve been developing your craft as a writer for some time, you might be interested in applying for the role of Worcestershire Poet Laureate. With the search now on to find a new County Laureate, we’d really encourage writers from our areas to apply – with the deadline Monday 10 May. Find out more at the following link.
Finally, with Discover National Parks Fortnight originally set to run from 4-18 April, we want to encourage everyone to safely what their local area has to offer – in line with restrictions and in the knowledge that it may take some time before we’re able to fully discover the great outdoors again. With that in mind, we thought it would be worth foregrounding National Gardening Week, which runs from Monday 26 April to Sunday 2 May. We’d love to see the fruits of your cultivation!