Tales from the City: The Sick, the Silly and the Condemned

Date & Time

Friday 29th June @ 2:00 pm




£15 – £50

About This Event

During Chester Heritage Festival, writer Clare Dudman leads a series of five workshops in historic locations. The history of the location and the people associated with it provide a springboard for writing fiction. A different aspect of creative writing will be explored each afternoon, using extracts from modern literature as examples. After each workshop, with the inspiration and guidance gained, participants can write their own piece, with the aim of including it in an illustrated book ready for next year’s festival.

The venue for the last workshop is the Oak Room in the Bluecoat. The Bluecoat Hospital School was built at the beginning of the 18th century on the site of a much earlier hospital. Built as a charity school, it also housed Chester Infirmary for a short period. The building and its location, next to Northgate and the Bridge of Sighs over the canal, provide the history to inspire the writing of the last works for the book we all hope to see at 2019’s Chester Heritage Festival. The afternoon will comprise a short presentation, a creative writing session and refreshments. For further details please contact Clare.

The series of workshops commence on Friday 22 June.