Voices in the Coalshed

Welcome to Voices in the Coalshed!

July's Activity

Any creative writers out there? Then this one's for you!
After some wonderful contributions in June, we're back with July's Voices in the Coalshed activity!
Prepared by our Writer in Residence, Dave, check out the poem below to find out this month's theme.
'Out from the Darkness'
A voice deep within the Coalshed calls out,
“I know there are people with words about,
People who’ve something that they want to say;
That’s you! So don’t let you thoughts slip away.
A story, a poem, a humorous tale,
An anecdote, a notion that can’t fail
To enlighten, entertain or amuse,
With rhymes, without rhymes, anyway you choose.
And then, when your say has been said,
Wing it through cyberspace to the Coalshed.
How many words? One hundred more or less;
The challenge? The theme?
Out from the Darkness.
To take part and be featured on our Virtual Museum email voicesinthecoalshed@gmail.com.

It’s then over to Dave, our Writer in Residence and member of Voices in the Coalshed, who will to display the contributions for all to enjoy!


About Voices in the Coalshed

Dave Alton has been a poet and writer for near on 5 decades. Four of them associated with The Tyneside Poets then, latterly, Northern Voices. Since moving to Barnsley, while continuing the link with Northern Voices, he has been instrumental in establishing Voices in the Coalshed (previously known as the Coalshed Poets) at the National Coal Mining Museum.

Set up and run by volunteers, the aim of Voices in the Coalshed is to involve people in expressing themselves through writing, and contributing their individual insights on coal mining in particular and the wider community, for which mining has been a significant influence. To read some of the groups' work, visit Voices in the Coalshed's official blog.

Dave’s ambition is to attract new members to Voices in the Coalshed. If that interests you, then contact him through the email address is voicesinthecoalshed@gmail.com.


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