Gospel Making: Creative Writing and Paper Making

  • Venue Attenborough Arts Centre
  • Price £15.00 - £25.00
  • Event type Performance
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Inspired by the rediscovered Gospel of Mary Magdalene and the upcoming performance ‘The Witness’ at Attenborough Arts Centre, workshop will explore the gospel-making process and help you to create your own. You will learn about the heritage and meaning of the word ‘gospel’ to inform the writing of your own text, on your own handmade paper, embellished with wild flower seeds and other natural materials.

Creative Writing – led by Dr. Jo Blake

“The Old English word ‘spel’ means to speak or tell – to weave magic with words, or cast a ‘spell’. The word ‘gospel’ translates as ‘good story’, or ‘good spell’, and is viewed as sacred text. However, many heretics followed a path of gnosis, or direct experience of ‘god’, rather than canonical scripture. So where does sacred text meet personal experience? What words make up our personal gospels and experience of ‘the mystery’? What spells are we ready to cast or re-weave? Inspired by scriptural form, we will work with metaphor and image to write new, personal gospels, or ‘good spells’.” – Dr. Jo Blake

Paper-Making – led by Trish Hughes

Paper artist Trish Hughes will then lead you through the process of hand-making two paper sheafs on which our gospels will be written upon. Wild flower seeds, and other organic matter, will be embedded in the paper – one sheaf to keep, and one to be given away, planted or offered, wherever your ‘good spell’ wishes to be cast. 

A hand reaching over a table drawing out flowers on white paper.
A range of flowers and leaves being pressed between semi-transparent white squares.
A women holding up her work of pressed flowers on a white square.
A hand reaching over a table drawing out flowers on white paper.
A range of flowers and leaves being pressed between semi-transparent white squares.
A women holding up her work of pressed flowers on a white square.