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Lest We Forget: 100 Years On - Stories from Souvenirs

At the DLI Museum and  Durham Art Gallery

preparingforthe dliww1exhibition200I have been very busy lately with a very exciting project at the Durham Light Infantry Museum & Gallery.  Along with other creative people including painters, textile & ceramic artists, I am preparing an exhibit as my interpretation of World War 1.  This will include taking 2 artefacts from the DLI collection & writing their imagined story which will be recorded and available for people to hear alonside the display of a German 'Picklelhaube' helmet & a pincushion made by recuperating soldiers.

The exhibition is part of the commemoration of the centenary of the start of WW1 and will take place at the DLI in June 2014.  As part of this, I have developed a workshop for the public to explore & handle the fascinating artefacts of the DLI as a source of inspiration for their own imagined stories.  It is suitable for adult writers of all levels & those who have never written before.    

My Creative Writing Workshops at the DLI

ww1objectsdli200Time: Sunday 16th March 2014 from 10am to 12.30pm

Cost:  £7.50

The same workshop will be repeated 13 April & 11 May from 10am to 12.30pm

Book by ringing 03000 266590 or calling in at

DLIMuseum and DurhamArtGallery, Aykley Heads, Durham, DH1 5TU

Ask to book on Rachel Cochrane's workshop & give the date of the session you wish to attend

In June 2014, there will be an opportunity for some of the written work from the sessions to be performed at a showcase evening as part of a World War 1 exhibition at the DLI Museum & Gallery.