Visiting Creative Writing Tutor 


Ruth is a creative non-fiction writer, poet and academic and joined us to run the initial phase of Creative Writing Sessions held at Meadows Library. 

“I am particularly interested in helping other writers and would-be writers, free up their ideas and develop their confidence to create."


Ruth's sessions enabled participants to experiment with different approaches to writing in a supportive and encouraging environment. 

The Creative Writing group will continue in February. 



Visiting Creative Writing Tutor 

Cathy is a creative Artist, Performer, Producer, Writing Teacher and Mentor. She is a published author and has experience in writing and teaching for all age groups covering the genres: Writing for Radio, Screen and Stage, Storytelling, Fiction and Life Writing.


Cathy specialises in Life Writing, Script and Fiction, and has written an original module for the BA course at Nottingham University on The Creative Mind, exploring the overlap between creativity, writing, personal narrative and models of the mind.  

“I believe the experience of participating in a creative writing group is a shared journey, an opportunity to feel socially engaged and included, and a safe space for individuals to tell their stories.”

Cathy will lead the next phase of workshops within our Creative Writing Group and will focus around character and narrative development in Fiction and Life Writing.


Visiting Photography Tutor 

Jagdish is a Nottingham based photographer. His photography work is firmly located within the realms of portraiture and documentary, through a process of socially engaged art practice.


He graduated with a MA Photography from De Montfort University, Leicester. He is an Associate member of the Royal Photography Society (RPS), and Primary in Nottingham. He is also one of the founders of ‘Off Centre Photo Festival’, Nottingham’s independent photography festival, and the Nottingham Centre for Photography and Social Engagement. The Nottingham Centre of Photography provides advice, training and mentoring for a range of photographers across the City. 

Jagdish ran our 12 week photography course based in Bilborough between September and December. 


Visiting Photography Tutor - David will be delivering two sessions in Documentary, Sequencing and Editing 


David is a documentary and editorial photographer based in Nottingham. His work is concerned with working class culture and the places associated with it, both historically and today. He is particularly interested in the relationship between people, work and landscape. David’s photographs seek to capture a sense of place shaped by his memories and cultural background. His current long-term project explores life within former coal mining areas of the British Midlands.

David’s photographs have been exhibited nationally and internationally. Recently David was selected as a winner of the Magnum Photos “30 under 30″ award, an international competition open to documentary photographers under 30 years of age covering social issues. 


Visiting Photography Tutor - Dominic will be leading the Fine Art and Alternative Camera Techniques Photography workshops. Find out more here

Dominic is a Fine-Art Photographer who came to photography through his childhood passion for drawing and painting. Dominic paints with light. His materials may be those of the photographer, but his eye is that of an expressionist painter and his sensibility one of a poet.

Over the past 20 years he has made work for exhibition, sold work through galleries in the UK and abroad and made work to commission. Much of Dominic’s commissioned work has been for healthcare projects, creating artworks in collaboration with hospital staff, patients and local communities. 

 “I believe the camera can be a very expressive tool and that anyone with a camera can learn to be more creative and to develop new ways of seeing and capturing their photographs. Through my workshops I hope to introduce participants to some photographers who have an interesting experimental approach to photography and to teach some of the techniques and approaches to photography which will allow each participant to develop their own unique photographic style.”


Visiting Photography Tutor - Juliette will be delivering a full day workshop at Clumber Park in April

Juliette Mills is a British photographer based in Dartmoor, South West of England and has been taking pictures since the age of 12. She grew up in a private zoo, surrounded by endangered species, with parents fired by passions for conservation and music. She graduated from Kings College London with a degree in French & Spanish, where she specialised in South American Culture & Literature and spent time living and studying in Paris and Buenos Aires.


Juliette went on to study film and photography in the UK, including wildlife with British wildlife photographer Laurie Campbell. Having children and photographing family life for the past 10 years, and the influence of documentary photographers David Alan Harvey, Medford Taylor, and Stefano de Luigi have taken her into the realm of documentary. Juliette takes on Portrait and Family commissions as well as special documentary projects.  


Visiting Photography Tutor - Jack will be delivering a talk and outdoor workshop around Wildlife Photography in May 

Based in Nottingham Jack is primarily a freelance underwater & wildlife cameraman having worked on various BBC nature shows like Springwatch, Countryfile, The One Show and The Great British Year. He's also filmed for two angling series Mr Crabtree Goes Fishing and the upcoming series Pursuit. Jack has been awarded in both British Wildlife Photography Awards and Underwater Photographer of the Year.

Jack has written two books "Freshwater Fishes of Britain" & "Field Guide to Pond & River Wildlife of Britain & Europe". He has also written for many magazines including BBC Wildlife, Outdoor Photography, Diver. Jack is sponsored and works with Affinity, Hammond Drysuits & Fotospeed. 

He's passionate about teaching others and, as well as delivering talks and private photo workshops, he runs short courses on wildlife photography with Nottingham Trent University and is a part time lecturer for the MSc Biological Photography and Imaging course at The University of Nottingham. 


Visits and Visual Arts Workshops 


Visiting Tutor - Mike will lead the visit to John Clare's Cottage


Whilst working as a Manager in adult education, Mike also writes poetry, songs, drama and fiction.  He is experienced in giving talks and running workshops and teaches literature, creative writing and songwriting, to a variety of audiences.  

Mike gives regular talks on a range of literary themes and topics for Nottingham Library services and for The Bookcase in Lowdham.

Mike wrote and performed in Teeth Like Razors, a drama-piece featuring the lives and works of Brecht, Weill and Eisler, which toured the country to great acclaim. He has written over 80 titles for education publishers Hodder Murray. A collection of poetry – Desperanto – was published by Smokestack in 2009. He contributed to A Modern Don Juan, cantos in Byronic style, a homage to Lord Byron in 2013; and More Raw Material – work inspired by Alan Sillitoe, in 2015.

During the visit to John Clare Cottage, Mike will focus on the following themes to deepen your understanding and broaden the discussion around Clare's work: 

The Romantic Movement – who are the Romantics? And what are they? To what extent is John Clare an “early Romantic”? 

A Sense of Place – Mike will give examples of just how important his home and hearth, his village, his immediate landscape etc were to John Clare.

The Outside World – how government interference, through the process of Enclosures, completely destroyed Clare's sense of the world and how he railed against this for the rest of this life. 



Visiting Tutor - Simon will lead the Still Life Drawing Workshop 

Simon is a visual artist, performer and writer; living and working in Nottingham. 

Simon’s work is broad based, using materials that are appropriate in conveying my ideas. He has made work-using tapestry, paint on canvas, paper ‘fold outs’ and undertaken acts of performance.


Simon’s work has featured in over 150 exhibitions including, The Rashleigh Jackson Collection, Nottingham Contemporary, Northern Stars, A Foundation, Liverpool. Metahang, at Nottingham Castle and Pricked: Extreme Embroidery, The Museum of Art and Design, New York.


As a performer Simon has partaken at events organised by Home Live Art at The City of London Festival, The National Theatre, The National Trust and Nottingham Contemporary.

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