Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Summer Workshop Programme Part 1

The first part of our creative summer workshop programme is now available here. Part one contains our more regular activities, but in their new home of The Old Low Lights heritage centre at North Shields. The regular art journaling workshop takes place in the fabulous top floor gallery, which is light and airy with panoramic views of the river, it's the perfect creative space and will also be used for the felt picture workshops.

Part 2 of our workshop programme is just waiting for a few minor details to be ironed out, but is full of new creative workshops to inspire and delight  right up to Christmas and we hope to unveil those to you by the end of July.

You can book securely online through our online shop here. If you would prefer to book by cheque or other method, or have any questions please contact Gail directly either by email gail@happyplanetcreativearts.org.uk or Tel:07752356880

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Wednesday, 6 July 2016

New Summer Programme of Creative Workshops due on July 12th

Our new programme of creative orkshops will be published on Tuesday 12th July.
We have some old favourites and some new ones, so please check back next week.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Poetry with Friends .......... Left to our own devices on Thursday

Poetry with Friends celebrates it's 2nd birthday this month and oh how it has grown in so many ways. From the early days of Elaine and myself reading other people's selections for them, to this week, the group running themselves. Joyce took charge of the pencil and the following were offered by the group, to punctuate lots of stimulating discussion which varied from the almost philosophical to the ribald. Much laughter all round as usual.

The Unimaginative Scout by John Hegley

Getting Older -Elaine Feinstein

Anticipation - June Leader
Life Comment - June Leader

Tattoos - Jeff Price

Faded Vows - Tessa

Dance in the Rain - Rowland Hill

There was also lots of assorted and stimulating discussion which varied from the almost philosophical to the ribald. Much laughter all round. And writing this was almost like re-enjoying it!

Friday, 13 May 2016

Sheer Poetry, Happiness on a Thursday in Whitley Bay

This week's  Poetry with Friends session in Whitley Bay library was perfect: two new attendees, a wonderful range of poems, good conversation and lots of laughter too.
Linda introduced us to the poems of Robert Crawford, Stella shared work by Degna Stone, Mark Waldron as well as her own work. Both she and Gail read some Emily Dickinson and we also heard work by Roger McGough, Stephen Spender, Gabriel Setoun, Stephen Crane, Ella Wheeler Wilcox, Gail Curry and Edna St Vincent Millay. Oh yes and newcomer June read one of her poems too. Thank you, June and we hope to see you and Tessa again next time.

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Branching out at Greenwolds Plant Centre @ Royal Quays Shopping Outlet

Something for everyone at Greenwolds
As a keen gardener with a love of working with natural materials as an artist, I was delighted to be asked to sell some of my creations at Greenwolds Plant Centre, by owners Adam & Fiona. Yesterday I  installed a selection of handmade felted items, including fairies, mobiles, brooches, artwork and our unique toadstools, as well as a selection of hand printed art cards. I hope to offer some workshops in the plant centre in the near future too, so keep an eye on their Facebook page or ours for details, as well as information at the centre itself.

Today I am busy in my own garden planting a few things I picked up at the plant centre, a favourite of which is 'arisarum proboscideum' otherwise known as the mouse tail plant, which  can heartily recommend for interest in a damp corner.

Mouse tail plants have extremely unusual chocolate-colored flowers that are cylindrical and sit below the leaves with only little “tails” visible. When flowers bunch together, they give the appearance of a family of mice, hence the name. Leaves are arrow-shaped and a glossy green color.
Mice appear in very early spring and reach a mature height of just under 6 inches with an interesting mat-forming habit. By August, however, in most locations, this plant becomes dormant.
Used commonly as a ground cover, this plant will spread quickly and is an excellent option for hard-to-fill areas.

Growing Mouse Tail Plants
Mouse tail is easily propagated by dividing the tubers when the plant is dormant. It enjoys morning sun and afternoon shade and in a moist location it will spread rapidly once established. It can be invasive, so if you do not want it to take over, plant it in a container. Happy gardening!


Friday, 22 April 2016

Congratulations Rowland & John ..... our newly published poets.......and you could do it too!

Our return to Tuesday evening Poetry with Friends came with a fanfare this week, as Roland has had one of his Haiku poems published by the American Journal of Haiku in issue 43. This comes as no surprise to any of us at Happy Planet as Rowland, newly retired is so full of creative enthusiasm and keen to explore all sorts of possibilities.... a big well done from all at Happy Planet. Not to be outdone, John is having a volume of his poetry and short stories published. I haven't read his short stories, but I love his poems because they tell of his life and loves, written in a gentle articulate way. We will let you know when his book is available.
Both have work on our page 'Our Own Writings' where you can find work written by anyone who attends Happy Planet

Rowland Hill

Snow-white butterfly
Floats by on a summer breeze
Slowly melts away

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Poetry with Friends - The Summer Term Begins ...... on a Thursday

Poetry with Friends re-commenced after it's Easter break with a lively session at Whitley Bay Library last Thursday. I wasn't able to attend myself, but a little bird told me they spent a lot of time catching up with each other due to the holiday break. Consequently there was not a great list of poems shared, but does that really matter among friends?
If you would like to join us, please do, you can find the details of the dates we meet here