Staunton Park

I can’t get over what luck we’ve had with the weather. Saturday’s Staunton writing safari, ‘Writing The Park’ could have been a wash-out; I’d warned participants to think of it as ‘words and wellies’. It would have been good anyway, it is such a stunning venue, but it was more than that, it was glorious! Autumn leaves, bright late sunshine, and toadstools fit for fairies.

We were a small but perfectly formed band of wordsmiths, and we had ourselves a room with a view: double doors opening out onto a vista of parkland, the occasional peacock or hen wandering in. Truly delightful.

The theme for the day was follies and curiosity cabinets – both features of George Staunton’s time as owner. The words have already begun to arrive, and I’ll be posting contributions from the day on ‘workshopped words’.


About claire collison

Writer, photographer, creative facilitator, and breast cancer survivor, I am currently Artist in Residence at the Women's Art Library (WAL) My first novel was a finalist in the Dundee Book Prize, and my short stories and poetry have appeared in print and online. In 2015 I was awarded second place in the inaugural Resurgence Prize, the world's first eco poetry competition, judged by Sir Andrew Motion, Alice Oswald, and Jo Shapcott. This blog began as a space for words generated on my walking/writing workshops at the Mary Ward centre in Bloomsbury - Writing the City (WTC). WTC has since grown to include many other venues, including the Museum of Broken Relationships, the Barbican, the River Rom, Southwark Woods, Aylesbury Estate, and most recently, as part of Walking Women festival, An Intimate Tour of Breasts. I have worked with Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, as the recipient of the first Max Reinhardt Literacy Award, designing teaching resources; and for The Photographers' Gallery, helping school children develop visual literacy as part of 'Seeing More Things'. If you would like me to design a workshop or walk for you, please be in touch!
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4 Responses to Staunton Park

  1. carmel says:

    That sounded pretty idyllic. Glad you had great weather and looking forward to reading the possibly curious, but never foolish, workshopped words. Fantastic pic, by the way.

    • Thanks Carmel! (Did you know there’s a connection between follies and potato famine?) Yes, very proud of this pic. It’s so Brothers Grimm. I produced a (previously kicked over) specimen as a writing prompt. Toadstool risotto, anyone?

  2. angelahicken says:

    Stunning photo from Staunton Claire, and an excellent day of writing.

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