Now In Then Project Celebration
In our entrance gallery you can currently see a display of work created during the Now in Then: Contemporary Writing from History. This was an Arts Council funded creative writing project delivered by Creative Ecology Wiltshire (CEW) through the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre.
The year-long project has provided the opportunity for some great events with several different writers in residence giving advice to aspiring authors, and a couple of very successful author talks; Dan Cruickshank on Wiltshire Manor Houses, and a Roman Panel evening featuring historical fiction authors Ruth Downie, Ben Kane, and M.C. Scott.
The creative writing on display was created through a series of workshops led by a professional writer, each on a different topic, but always based on the archive and local studies material. It has been a successful project, highlighting the different ways archives can be used, and the inspiration that can be found. It has been a project that brought the past alive.
Also on display are the works of children who took part in a children’s comic masterclass, led by Liz Greenfield in partnership with Chippenham Library, where they created their own comic characters as well as historical Alfred the Great and the Vikings.
The end of the project was celebrated on Saturday 14 March. It was a great event, sharing the writing produced through rehearsed reading performances by professional actors. It was an exciting chance for authors to see their work performed and brought to life.