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Literary Event, Sat 17 - Sun 18 Feb 2018

Gladstone's Library

Gladstone's Library


Judy Brown leads a playful masterclass helping you to brighten up your writing and enabling you to paint pictures with it (they may be abstract ones!). Explore how colour can be used in a poem, the value of bright light and contrast, what you can make with a collage, and what happens when you let your lines loosen up. Relax by sketching in words and see how serious writerly doodling can be. Remember, as artists do, that sometimes unfamiliar materials can be the most fun to use.

One-to-one sessions with Judy to discuss a short piece of work in progress, or anything else about giving your writing its own vivid life, are available on the Saturday evening as part of this course.

Judy was one of the 2014 Writers in Residence at Gladstone’s Library. She teaches and mentors, including for the Poetry School and the Poetry Society, and occasionally reviews poetry. She was born in Manchester and studied English Literature at Cambridge and Newcastle. Before she became a professional writer, she worked as a lawyer in London and Hong Kong. Judy’s new book of poems, Crowd Sensations (2016), was described by The Telegraph as ‘deliciously tactile’. It was shortlisted for the Ledbury Forte Prize and is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation.

For more information or to book, please call 01244 532350 or email

Credit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Event details

Dates Times
Sat 17 - Sun 18 Feb 2018


Residential prices start from £125, non-residential from £90. Discount rates for clergy and students apply.

Events at this Venue

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Mon 11 - Wed 13 Dec Film and Theology
Sat 20 Jan Approaches to Writing Poetry
Sun 21 Jan Love Poetry
Sat 3 - Sun 4 Feb Hearth Festival
Tue 6 Feb Writing, Illness and Wellbeing
Sat 17 - Sun 18 Feb Judy Brown: What's in the Poet's Paintbox


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Map reference: SJ 314659  Lat: 53.18576 Long: -3.02804

Gladstone's Library is easily accessible by road and rail, just fifteen minutes drive from the M56 and six miles from Chester where there are regular train connections to London and other UK cities. Both Liverpool and Manchester airports are within easy reach.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 6 miles from Chester station


  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality