The Origin: Creative Writing Workshops

The Origin: Creative Writing Workshops

11, 17, 25 June 2021
Stanley Picker Gallery and Boat moored in Kingston Upon Thames

As part of Ben Judd’s Stanley Picker Fellowship project The Origin, a series of workshops, performances, talks and tours will take place at Stanley Picker Gallery, a boat moored in Kingston Upon Thames and online throughout June and July 2021.

Join us for a series of Creative Writing Workshops led by Jim Dunk which will take place both at Stanley Picker Gallery and the boat. In these workshops, you will be composing fictional narratives inspired by the real life history of the inhabitants of Kingston who lived and worked along the Thames and Hogsmill River. Workshops can be booked as a series or one-off, and all are welcome, from seasoned poets to first time writers.

Jim Dunk is a locally-based writer, theatre and screen actor, and theatre director. Jim is also a member of The Bradbury, a local community centre for the active over 55s. Jim lead The Bradbury’s Storytelling and Creative Writing groups who participated in #TheOriginKingston online last summer – see what they came up with here.

Booking in advance is essential. Places are limited. No prior experience in creative writing is required. You will be provided with all necessary materials. For workshops taking place on the boat, you will be sent the exact mooring location before the event. All mooring locations are within walking distance of Kingston town centre. If you have any access requirements, please contact us on 0208 417 4074 to discuss.

Please follow the links below to book your place on Eventbrite:

Gallery: Friday 11 June 11am

Boat: Thursday 17 June 3pm

Boat: Friday 25 June 3pm

Ben Judd’s Stanley Picker Fellowship project The Origin reflects on Britain’s island status, both literal and metaphorical, and how islands shape the communities that live there. The Origin brings together the communities surrounding the Stanley Picker Gallery – from Kingston University students and academics to local networks, charities and residents – and asks them to imagine a classless, stateless, humane society based on common ownership. A temporary community, an experiment in living, a fictional island group. This collaborative project culminates this summer with an installation at the Gallery, a boat on the River Thames and a series of performances, workshops and events – a rehearsal for an alternative future.