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Oral History Archive: Writing & Poetry Workshops 11am + 1.30pm

The Storey, Lancaster LA1 1TH

St Patrick’s Day Poetry Session

Another chance to explore the lives of local people born before World War One and learn from an awardwinning writer is being offered for free in Lancaster.

North West poet, Mandy Coe is leading workshops on March 17 inspired by the Elizabeth Roberts Working Class Oral History Archive that captured the voices and memories of people in Lancaster, Preston and Barrow from 1890 up until the 1970s.

She is one of several artists brought together by the Lancaster-based arts and heritage company, Mirador, to take part in their latest project – Walking In Others Footsteps – a celebration of  the digitisation of the archive by the Regional Heritage Centre at Lancaster University.

The free workshops feature an introduction to the archive, and through guided writing activities, creates an opportunity to respond to it through creative writing. They follow Mandy’s workshops at Lancaster Library last month but offer different content.

Those with no previous creative writing experience are invited to attend The Storey from 11am-12.30pm.. Experienced writers and poets keen to be inspired by the archive can attend the afternoon sessions from 1.30-3.30pm. 

Anyone interested should register with Mirador, by emailing

The workshops will result in a publication and a public exhibition entitled A Line of Poetry.

For more information about Walking In Others Footsteps, visit Follow Mirador on Twitter@Miradorarts and