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Writing the Weather – Workshops at the MHS

‘Whatever the Weather!’

Writing Workshop for Adults and Young People

Adults (ages 16+):
February-March 2013

As well as being an inexhaustible topic of casual conversation, the weather continues to be an object of scientific investigation, an inspiration for painters and composers, and to give us a language for describing our own sunny days, our internal storms and doldrums…

In a series of workshops led by Poet-in-residence Lesley Saunders, participants were given a curator tour of the Museum’s exhibition ‘Atmospheres: Investigating the Weather from Aristotle to Ozone’, listened to and read things about the weather that other writers and poets have written and, with the help of a few exercises, did some writing of their own.

View a PDF of some of the work that was produced [1].

The workshop was led by Lesley Saunders, who is the author of several books of poetry (most recently Cloud Camera, Two Rivers Press 2012). Her work has won major awards, and she has held several poetry residencies. Lesley is involved in collaborations with other writers, dancers and artists, and also undertakes commissions, most recently for the Hutchinson collection of slide-rules at the Whipple Museum of the History of Science in Cambridge. She especially enjoys working with less experienced writers.