East Coast War Channel Creative Writing Workshop


A fierce battle was fought within sight of Tyneside’s coast throughout the First World War, as U-boats tried to sink cargo ships, fishing vessels and the small warships that protected them. In these free workshops we will use poetry and prose to explore the wrecks of these ships and their human cost.

Antony Firth, a Marine Archaeologist, will introduce the fascinating story of the War Channels, highlighting local connections to wrecks lying just offshore – especially in seafaring, shipbuilding, fishing and coalmining – and showing how these linked Tyneside to the broader conduct of the First World War at sea. You will work with Winston Plowes, a poet based in West Yorkshire, to explore approaches to writing about sites unseen on the seabed and will develop your own piece throughout the day. The workshops will also include a guided walk to experience nearby places associated with the War Channels, and there will be an opportunity to perform and hear pieces written during the day.

To book, please contact Kate Devlin, Lighthouse Steward, phone 0191 529 0905, email Kate.Devlin@nationaltrust.org.uk

If you have a disability of any kind or you require special assistance, please contact us on 0191 427 1818.