If Photographs Could Talk…

Already a keen or budding writer?
Always fancied having a go but didn’t know where to start?
Has lockdown encouraged you to try something new, but you’re yet to find the right thing?
Fancied registering for a writing course, but couldn’t afford it?
If photographs could talk is a new project aimed at stimulating writers of all ages and levels of experience.
So if you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above questions then this free creative writing project could be just the thing for you!

For six weeks from 7th September 2020, local writer Lucy Burnett will provide a weekly writing prompt inviting you to respond to images from the Cockermouth Heritage collection in imaginative ways through new poetry, stories or scripts. She’ll encourage you to bring the photograph back to life by finding a voice for the characters or objects, viewing the scene from a new perspective, or discovering the story hidden in the static scenes.

The course will run on our new Kirkgate Writing website – you’ll need to sign up and get a password for the full course.

But click here for more information, and a video in which Lucy introduces the project, and provides some details about her own background and interests, plus a warm-up writing exercise to get the creative juices flowing.

The first week’s prompt is publicly available to give you a flavour of the project, but this and other pages will be made private to registered participants from 14th September onwards, when the prompts will become password protected.

Please note that there are a limited number of places, and registration closes AT NOON on 14th September, so best to sign up sooner rather than later if you’re interested!

To sign-up, please email us at writing@thekirkgate.com with:

  • your name
  • address
  • age category (adult or under-18)
  • phone number and email address

Lucy Burnett is the published writer of three books, with a fourth coming out next January.

Lucy lives in Cockermouth, where she works as a freelance writer and photographer. Previously she worked as a Creative Writing lecturer at the Universities of Cumbria, Leeds Beckett, Strathclyde and Salford, and before that as an environmental campaigner for Friends of the Earth and the Ramblers.

In 2016 she gained Arts Council funding to develop and tour an interactive installation version of her book Through the Weather Glass (including a weekend installed at Tebay Service station!).

Lucy is an experienced writing tutor, and alongside many years of experience of university teaching, is an established tutor for the Arvon Foundation, and has worked as writer in residence in a range of settings.

Outside writing, Lucy is a keen fellrunner, cyclist and mountaineer. She climbed her final Wainwrights aged 14, and finished the Scottish Munros a few years back. Through the Weather Glass tells a fictionalized version of a cycle expedition from Salford to the Greek island of Ikaria. Upon passing her Mountain Leader Assessment, she plans to start running residential mountain writing courses in the local area.