Writing workshops draw on Emily’s inspiration

FREE writing workshops will be offered as part of a new competition.

A national writing contest was launched in Morpeth last month to commemorate the centenary of the death of Suffragette Emily Wilding Davison.

The campaigner, who lived in Longhorsley, become known around the world after she stepped onto the track at the Epsom Derby and was struck by the King’s horse. She died four days later.

Emily was buried in St Mary’s Churchyard in Morpeth on June 15.

The writing competition invites entrants to imagine Emily’s journey to Epsom and write from the perspective of Emily, her mother Margaret, or neighbour Bob, who drove her to Morpeth Railway Station.

The workshops, which are led by writer Rachel Cochrane of listenupnorth.com in partnership with Northumberland County Council’s Library Service, aim to help entrants to develop their work.

They will be held at Longhorsley Village Hall on Saturday, from 10am to noon, Morpeth Library on Saturday, from 1.30pm to 3.30pm, and Ponteland Library on Tuesday, from 10am to noon.

Competition entries can be prose, a blog, letter up to 300 words or poem of up to 50 lines.

They must be submitted by 5pm on Friday, May 10.

Prizes will be awarded to national and county winners and the best entries will be read during the centennial weekend and recorded for listenupnorth.

Entries can be emailed to emilyinspires@listenup north.com or handed in at any library in an envelope marked Emily Inspires Writing Competition.

Alternatively, post them to Emily Inspires, Greater Morpeth Development Trust, The Lodge, Carlisle Park, Morpeth, NE61 1YD.

For further details of the competition, visit www.listenupnorth.com