Multi-national workshop was great success

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Poetry inspired by the land and people of South Holland was the focus of a successful workshop attended by a multi-national group at Spalding Library.

Sixteen residents came together to pen their thoughts at a creative writing workshop jointly organised by South Holland District Council and Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Services.

Peter Sansom, from the Poetry Business, led the session which resulted in numerous poems based on the group’s thoughts and interpretations from the photographs and images contained in the book Wide Horizons: A History of South Holland’s Landscape and People.

Polish, Latvian, Lithuanian and English residents were among those attending the workshop which was part of the Wide Horizons project which included translating the Wide Horizons book into five languages (Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese and Russian) and a series of events to inform and educate residents about the unique identity of the district.

Words from the verses will be on display on Sunday, April 14, from 12-3pm at Ayscoughfee Hall Museum, Spalding.

District Council Portfolio Holder for Arts Development, Coun Nick Worth said: “The quality of the poems is fantastic. The book has been very popular and has helped to create a shared sense of understanding of the district’s past for both new arrivals and the indigenous population.”

One of those who attended, Rev Peter Garland, said: “Many thanks for encouraging me to go to the workshop which I very much enjoyed. Being surrounded by Polish people, I did manage to say a few words in Polish. Thanks also for the English and Polish versions of the Horizons book which is very interesting.”

For more details about the project, visit www.sholland.gov.uk/leisure/visiting/history/widehorizonspublication.htm