Unlock your creativity and rediscover where you live

Frodsham’s ‘virtual’ Festival of Walks will run throughout May and aims to help people rediscover where they live and encourage their creativity.

Portrait photo of Chester Cathedral Poet in Residence Julia McGuinness wearing a blue top.
Julia McGuinness, Chester Cathedral’s Poet in Residence

Ahead of the Festival, Chester Cathedral’s Poet in Residence, Julia McGuinness will start the ball rolling on Friday 23rd April at 7.30pm in a free online event designed to help you rediscover the writer or poet in you.

As we are still unable to walk together in large groups for the moment, the Festival of Walks has devised a programme of local self-led walks for you to enjoy under the general theme – Rediscover where you Live. It offers residents and visitors to Frodsham a chance to take another look at familiar sights and landmarks, but with fresh eyes to recognise and absorb the gradual changes that have taken place over the years.

To complement our theme, we have asked poet Julia McGuinness to lead an online workshop for walkers before they start any of the eight local walks on offer. It will be a chance to rethink the way you prepare for a walk and show you ways to look again at what seems to be familiar.

Open your mind to new ways of expressing how you feel about what you are seeing, feeling, touching, and thinking about your walk.

Julia will offer you a ‘toolkit’ of skills to bring your writing to life and help you discover the poet/writer that lives inside us all. Get your children and grandchildren involved too with hints, tips, and new tricks to get them started.

Selections of your finished poems and prose will be posted on the Festival of Walks website and social media platforms. Working in conjunction with the Weaver Words Festival, some of your work might also appear on their ‘pop-up’ poetry wall at Frodsham Community Centre or be heard at an Open Mic Night in early September when their festival opens.

To register for the workshop, please follow the link below:

Make the most of this exciting opportunity and sign up today. We look forward to welcoming you to the Frodsham Festival of Walks first ever Poetry and Writers’ Workshop on Friday 23rd April at 19.30 with Chester Cathedral’s poet in residence Julia McGuinness.

A collage of photographs from previous Festival of Walks