Emily Inspires Creative Writing Project
On 4th June 1913, Suffragette Emily Davison was fatally wounded under the King’s racehorse at The Epsom Derby. In 2013, to commemorate the centenary of her death & celebrate her Northumberland roots, Rachel Cochrane designed, promoted and managed a national writing competition and a series of creative writing workshops around Northumberland libraries and beyond. These activities formed part of the Emily Inspires! project and were centred on the tour of Kate Willoughby’s play To Freedom’s Cause and partnered with with Northumberland County Council & Greater Morpeth Development Trust sponsored by the Arts Council England
174 writing competition entries
174 people entered the writing competition, and during the 2 month competition period the competition information on listenupnorth.com, received over 2,000 unique page views from 310 towns and cities across the UK.
One of the key sponsors of the project, Northumberland County Council, reached out to a new audience for their Northumberland promotional video, with nearly quarter of a million page views and almost 800 direct clicks into the visitnorthumberland.com website.
13 Creative writing workshops
13 creative writing workshops were held across diverse venues, making them accessible for a wide range of people: venues included a number of Northumberland libraries, a maritime centre, a city-centre cafe, the Lit & Phil in Newcastle, Women’s Health in South Tyneside and a local village hall.
The workshops provided the practical skills for 59 people to get started with creative writing, over half of whom had never written before, and led to many competition entries for the writing competition.
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