Tripping the imagination

For two afternoons last week I ran writing workshops in the picture gallery at Temple Newsam House.  It felt such a privilege to be working there among the family portraits with views overlooking the magnificent park.  Temple Newsam was given to Leeds City Council in 1922 by the family who had owned it for centuries.  And Leeds have been terrific guardians of a most beautiful great house in a wonderful setting.  The school group on Thursday and the adult group on Sunday produced imaginative and high quality writing, inspired by our surroundings.  It makes me realise that moving out of our usual grooves can trip our imagination in new and exciting ways.  I can't wait to go back and run more workshops there!!