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Gainsborough Library Blank Page Project

A series of creative workshops for teens

Your mentors

Suffolk Libraries

Poppy Stevens

Organisation links
Location address: Ipswich, IP3 0RL
Chosen age group:

For ages: 10 - 16 years

Available tickets:
Free non-HAF eligible Free Free HAF eligible Free
Next date: Wednesday 27th Dec,
Funded by Suffolk County Council
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A summary
Join us at Gainsborough Library for a variety of creative winter workshops throughout the festive period: These activities are specifically designed for Children aged 10 -16 (Secondary and Primary Year 6), and are open to all. Workshops are 10-3pm include a free lunch, drinks and snacks. Library: Gainsborough Library, Clapgate Lane, Ipswich, IP3 0RL Wednesday 27 December, 10-3pm Create your own calendar with Chris James - local poet, author, musician and artist Thursday 28 December, 10-3pm Design and create with Michelle Brace – maker of digital art, video & visual mixes Friday 29 December 10-3pm Poppy Stevens - Spoken Word Poet and Theatre artist
About your mentors
Suffolk Libraries
Where I belong.
We’re the independent charity that runs Suffolk’s library service. We nurture children’s literacy, support vulnerable people and promote wellbeing across Suffolk.
Poppy Stevens
Lover of words, tea, cake and cows!
Poppy Stevens is a community arts practitioner, poet and performer. Her writing has been commissioned and published by The National Centre for Writing, The Young Norfolk Arts Trust, TOAST Poetry, BBC Radio Norfolk & Suffolk & Atrium poetry. Poppy works within the community delivering creative workshops to a diverse range of people. Her work with children spans from EYFS to Key Stage 4 both in schools, alternative provisions and community settings. Poppy runs a regular dyslexia inclusive writing club. These courses focus on taking the fear out of reading and writing and instead celebrate imagination, creativity and storytelling. As someone with dyslexia Poppy understands the importance of creating non judgemental spaces for neurodivergent young people to express their ideas.
Michelle Brace
Digital artist and visual mixer
I describe my work as digital mixed media. I use all kinds of things as visual source material including moving image, natural materials, collage, mark making, text and photographic textures to build colourful visual compositions. I've recently been collaborating with dancers, musicians and other visual artists to make studio based work and work for live performance and projection. I often work with communities producing and facilitating projects and have a current emphasis on developing my creative practice to support mental health and well-being.
Christopher James
Poet, artist, encourager and inspirer!
Christopher James is a local poet, author, musician and artist. He's won the National Poetry Competition, The Bridport Prize and the Suffolk Poetry Competition. He's also written three Sherlock Holmes novels, including The Adventure of the Ruby Elephants. A Graduate of the MA in Creative Writing at University of East Anglia, he's also written plays, songs, and two musicals. He plays guitar, ukulele and piano, creates paper collage art, and had led many workshops for young people and adults.  
Mandy Grimwood
Passionate community library manager
I love working with the local community and being able to offer new, exciting opportunities for young people to improve their confidence, self-esteem and aspirations.
Evie Capon
Fun and caring support worker and performer.
Freelance performing arts teacher with specialist skills to support people with additional needs.
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Learning aims
Aim 1
To try something new and explore creativity
Aim 2
To learn about what Suffolk Libraries can offer
Aim 3
To develop confidence in meeting and working with new people
Pricing information
Ticket name Free non-HAF eligible
Ticket name Free HAF eligible
Where we'll be
Gainsborough Community Library, Clapgate Lane, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP3 0RL
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Cancellation Policy
Free bookings do not require refunds but as places are limited, please cancel if you cannot attend so that your place can be offered to someone else.

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