The Universe is Imagination Set Free...
These are the words which are at the heart of my organisation, where I seek to allow others to flower in their own creativity. It is a beautiful thing to see someone open like a flower, often having been crushed by circumstances for so long from expressing their true creativity. They seem to change physically, even in a few days, particularly on special places like Iona, and it is an immense privilege to share in that process. For me, as a writer and teacher, creativity is at the heart of who we are. This may be expressed through words, through photography, painting or dance, or in so many other ways.
People say to me ‘I don’t have a creative bone in my body’, and then go on to tell me how they have envisioned a beautiful garden, or have a dream of the future by the sea, or of getting to the top of a mountain. Or sometimes they may say ‘I once wrote a poem when I was a child, but I grew out of it, and I’m no good now…’and that makes me sad. For where would the Universe be without creativity? As Einstein knew when he said we should all be like children playing...
As a Writing tutor Angela leads Creative Writing Workshops across Cumbria and the wider UK; in hospitals, schools and in the community. Giving something back is important, as is facilitating creativity and enabling the flowering of the imagination.
Angela holds an M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Northumbria, and is a highly qualified teacher. She has also been the Creative Writing Tutor for Mungrisdale Writers Group since founding it with local writers in 1998. The writers meet regularly at the Mungrisdale Village Hall, which rests in a valley in the Northern fells beyond Keswick.
Angela Locke is a writer, poet and Creative Writing tutor, living and working in the beautiful lakes and mountains of the English Lake District. Her books include On Juniper Mountain (2010), Dreams of the Blue Poppy (2007), Search Dog (1987), Sam & Co (1989), Hearing Dog (1997) and collections of poetry, including Sacred Earth, North Face, Into The Lotus and Walls at the World’s End, and her latest, Whale Language: Songs of Iona (2011), a collection celebrating the sacred island of Iona. She also wrote Mr Mullett Owns A Cloud (2006), a children’s book which was republished recently
As well as being a poet and novelist, Angela is also a journalist, broadcasting widely on television and radio. For more than ten years she was a popular feature writer and Walking columnist for Cumbria Life, and still writes occasionally both for Cumbria Life and Cumbria magazine as well as other magazines and newspapers.
As a Writing tutor she leads Creative Writing Workshops across Cumbria and the wider UK in hospitals, schools and in the community. Giving something back is important, as is facilitating creativity and enabling the flowering of the imagination.