Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Sense of Place Events & 'Before the Poison' review

Anna Turner has forwarded me the following information (there are still places left):

Sunday 23th September
A Laureate's Landscape
10:45am – 2.15pm
Start/venue: War memorial gardens, Mytholmroyd (on A646 at centre of village)
Duration: 3 hours  Distance: 4.5 miles  Grading: Medium

Literary Walk with John Billingsley. Some steep slopes, rough moorland and footpaths. Interspersed with readings from Hughes’ work. Reasonable hill fitness and all-weather clothing essential. Bring a packed lunch. Finishes with refreshments at Ted Hughes’ birthplace in Mytholmroyd.

Host organisation: The Elmet Trust
followed by:

Sense of Place Writing Workshop
at Ted Hughes’ Birthplace - 1 Aspinall Street, Mytholmroyd HX7 5NL
3pm – 5pm

A two hour creative writing workshop where we will use inspiration from Ted Hughes' landscape to create new writing.

To book: email  anna.turner@calderdale.gov.uk or telephone 01422 392606
Host organisation: The Elmet Trust

Laureate’s Landscape Walk only - £4      Sense of Place Workshop only - £6      
Walk and Workshop - £9

 Saturday 15th September
Footprints on the Land
Bracken Hall Countryside Centre, Baildon
1pm – 4pm

A free drop-in family workshop exploring ways that our feet mark the landscape. Join writer Anna Turner, Writer-in Residence for the Watershed Landscape Project,  to make footprint paths and mark them with words. The workshop will take place in the garden of Bracken Hall Countryside Centre. Families will have the opportunity to take self led walks in the landscape over Shipley Glen or walk to Bracken Hall Countryside Centre from Saltaire railway station. Contact leader: anna.turner@calderdale.gov.uk  01422 392606

Host organisation: Pennine Prospects


Recently finished reading 'Before the Poison' the book I got signed by Peter Robinson at the Crime Event in York.  I was intrigued by the story, as it is a stand-alone novel in that DCI Alan Banks does not appear in it and the premise is pretty much a ghost story without a ghost.  After the recent death of his wife, Chris Lowndes, hollywood film music composer moves back to Yorkshire where he becomes intrigued in the history of his new house.  A previous owner was convicted and hanged for poisoning her husband in it and he becomes obsessed with finding out if she did indeed do it.  I thoroughly enjoyed the history contained within the novel and there were a couple of twists but I expected more from the 'ghost' and a firmer resolution.  I would however still recommend it as an intriguing read.  7/10

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