Sunday, 14 March 2010
Delgatie castle - great place for a creative writing day!
One of the things that I enjoy about being asked on author visits is that I get the chance to see new places, meet lots of new people and generally the experience is a good one - although there have been times... less said about them the better!
Thankfully this was a great experience. I was asked to visit Delgatie Castle which is near Turriff in Aberdeenshire.
The wonderfully enthusiastic local librarians had organised a writing day. I was working with fellow tutor, author and poet Kenneth Stevens.
The snow, evident here, had cleared a bit before we got there but at least one of the small ponds in the garden was still frozen over when we arrived. The sun shone and as I was running the workshops in one of the beautiful stone-clad castle rooms, sunlight was streaming in the windows most of the day.
The writers were all keen, some experienced and some beginners, but it was a great day and I hope they enjoyed it all as much as I did.
Sometimes staying away can be a bit of a hit or miss but again this was proving to be a good one. I was staying in the area for a few days and stayed in the small but very comfortable
Redgarth Hotel which is situated on the hill above Oldmeldrum. My room looked over to the snow-covered hills, the view skimming the rooftops of Oldmeldrm. It was delightful and the continental breakfast served in my room in the mornings was just perfect.
I had a visit to Meldrum Academy the following day to speak to some S5/6 students who had volunteered to come along for a creative writing workshop. They worked hard but we had some laughs and I am sure there will be some very good writing produced from these young writers in the future, they were a credit to the school and their teachers.