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Dudley

Hooked on Crochet

11:30a.m. to 1:00p.m.
Gather
65, High St
Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 1PY

If you’re a novice to crochet or have the basics but want to improve come along and get ‘hooked’ like me. Starting with the basic chain stitch I will provide all you need to give it a go and bring along some books to inspire you to learn more.

Bring one of the following:
An offer to teach a trade school class
any sort of fruit
cotton or embroidery thread
interesting buttons
Odds and ends of wool

About the teacher, Jane

I learnt to crochet from my grandmother when I was about 7 years old and have found it a relaxing and satisfying hobby ever since. It grows fast and therefore suits my impatient nature. The recent craze in crafting and the popularity of crochet in particular has meant that I am fashionable at long last – that’s a first! I have a lifelong love of all things handmade which I am now indulging in retirement.

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Operation UP-Cycle

1:00p.m. to 2:00p.m.
Gather
65, High St
Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 1PY

The UP-Cycle Shop wants to make positivity profitable. Santa used elves to help build toys and the UP-Cycle Shop needs helpers to create unique art pieces, using recycled materials. I’m going to share with you some basic UP-Cycling ideas on how to make a variety of wooden craft items. The UP-Cycle Shop and needs some help to make: Boxes and planters Signs and plaques Small craft items like mini Christmas tress and recycled snow globes If you would like to try something new, build, paint, stencil, glue and just create, this is the session for you. The UP-Shop acts as a fund generating store that sells positive products to generate funds for youth and community projects. On the 10 December we have craft stall at Dudley Christmas market, this is where we will sell some of the products made during the trade school session.

Bring one of the following:
A random item from that random draw in your house where you just randomly throw things in every now and again…. My mom calls it the useful draw.
An offer to teach a trade school class
Dust masks, you can never have enough dust masks
Inspiration, I am a man on a mission to inspire the world, if you can bring me something that will inspire me, that could be the best barter item I could ever wish for. Quotes, painting, poems, it’s all good.
Sand paper, working with wood = a lot of sanding, I know that people always have a random sheet here or there in the house from their old DIY projects, why not put it to a good use.
Screws, bolts, nails, old hinges and size and style, they always come in handy when your making random things

About the teacher, Guy

I am The UP-Cycle Guy on a mission to build an empire of positivity, I’m using recycled materials to make positive products and then selling them to generate funding for The Inspirational Network, my organisation that uses art as a tool to inspire people to be more creative. I Also wear funky Dudes on my shoes.

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Bi Lingual Lingo!

7:00a.m. to 8:00a.m.
Gather
65, High St
Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 1PY

Learn how to say some simple friendly helpful phrases in English and Polish! Wouldn't it be lovely if we could just say a few phases like Hello, how are you, my name is... thank you or good buy to someone who speaks a different language to you.

Bring one of the following:
An offer to teach a trade school class
Anything useful for a Moped owner
Dairy milk
Four stroke bike oil 10w40
Gather Hot Chocolate
Polish or English food

About the teacher, Kerry

Kerry is amazing! She grows, makes, knits and has recently learned how to crochet! Kerry's crotching skills were limited until she met Heather at the crafternoon sessions and now Kerry's confidence is growing Join Kerry, Heather and the Crafternoon crew for a creative afternoon

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Festive folding

9:00a.m. to 10:00a.m.
Gather
65, High St
Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 1PY

I love handmade Christmas decorations and we will use simple paper-folding techniques to create Christmas tree or floral table decorations using old paperback books. These can then be decorated to match your own Christmas colour scheme. A great activity to do with children – but make sure you have rules about which books they are allowed to use!

Bring one of the following:
An offer to teach a trade school class
any sort of fruit
cotton or embroidery thread
interesting buttons
odds and ends of wool
Old and interesting books

About the teacher, Jane Clarke

I have a lifelong love of all things handmade which I am now indulging in retirement. Paper craft is not normally my thing but these are easy and fun to create and give you scope for decoration.

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Christmas Crafternoon!

10:00a.m. to 11:00a.m.
Gather
65, High St
Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 1PY

Get that festive feeling with these Christmas crafts that anyone can do and are lovely to share! Make your own candy cane Rudolph or Magic Reindeer food! Make sure that Santa's reindeer pay you a visit this Christmas by sprinkling some of this special Reindeer Food Sprinkle on your lawn or by your front door! Fun for kids to make for themselves or to give to friends.

Bring one of the following:
An offer to teach a trade school class
Brown paper
Brown Wool
Candy Canes
googley eyes or little red noses
Small sticks or twigs

About the teacher, Kerry

Kerry is amazing! She grows, makes, knits and has recently learned how to crochet! Kerry's crotching skills were limited until she met Heather at the crafternoon sessions and now Kerry's confidence is growing Join Kerry, Heather and the Crafternoon crew for a creative afternoon

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Gather
65, High St
Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 1PY

Ever been confused by works of art? Starting with Modern Art, which is often portrayed as ‘difficult to understand’, we will discuss the language of art and the differences between looking, seeing and perceiving. Don’t be put off by other people’s opinions or the weighty articles of academics! There is no right or wrong way of seeing. With acknowledgements to the many people who have investigated this subject with more understanding and vision than me!!! Join us to step towards a clearer understanding of what we are looking at and ‘seeing’ when we look at ‘works of art’.

Bring one of the following:
A notebook to put down your thoughts to review later
A pebble
An offer to teach a trade school class
An old brick
An old rusty bit of something
If you like, bring an example of a work you ‘don’t understand’

About the teacher, Janet

Janet was born and lives in Dudley. A graduate of Chelsea School of Art, she has worked with people of all ages to facilitate learning about Art, in schools, colleges /adult education and voluntary sector workshops (from Oh! in Bethnal Green to Edinburgh College of Art). Has long ago come to the conclusion that art can’t be ‘taught’! (But people can be helped to see for themselves).

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Geneva

Atelier d'écriture créative

3:00p.m. to 5:30p.m.
Espace de Quartier Sécheron (1st floor / étage) Reference Marie Claire
Avenue Blanc 7, 1st floor / étage (call 078 721 94 19)
1202 Genève

Les ateliers d’écriture s’adressent à tous ceux qui s’intéressent aux mécanismes du langage écrit, même s’ils n’ont pas (ou pas encore !) d’activité d’écriture. Les travaux proposés visent à stimuler l’imaginaire et à jouer avec le langage de sorte de déverrouiller les blocages que nous pouvons avoir face à l’écrit. Au fil des exercices proposés, par la production de courtes histoires, de pastiches d’auteurs, etc., vous prendrez conscience de ce qui constitue votre style, vous observerez vos automatismes aussi bien que vos qualités d’écriture, et ainsi serez à même de vous corriger, enrichir, ou simplement exercer…

Bring one of the following:
De la bienveillance
Du chocolat noir
Fruits et légumes de saison
Un plat préparé par vous
Un plein enthousiasme

About the teacher, helene sapin

Professeur agrégée de lettres modernes, comédienne, écrivain, enseignant la littérature, j'ai animé des ateliers d’écriture pour adultes à Paris de 1999 à 2003, puis pour adultes, adolescents, et personnes âgées (en maison de retraite) en France et à Prague (Institut Français de Prague). J'adore partager le goût de lire et d'écrire!

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Espace de Quartier Sécheron (1st floor / étage) Reference Elie
Avenue Blanc 7, 1st floor / étage (call 076 385 07 26)
1202 Genève

je propose d'expérimenter la présence, l'écoute, l'observation conscientes, par les corps et la respiration qui deviendra un souffle sonore. Nous ferons l'expérience de l'unité par la voix dans des peintures sonores, manifestées par du chant intuitif. Là ce présentera peut être une occasion de créer une architecture sonore avec nos voix. Ensuite, je vous guiderais pour découvrir ou approfondir le chant harmonique.

Bring one of the following:
Bienveillance
Disponibilité
Écoute
Massage
Savon d'Alep

About the teacher, Marc Piel

J'ai dansé sur des scènes internationales, en compagnie pendant 15 ans, et suivis des formations pédagogiques. J'ai accompagné quelques ateliers avec des participants d'ages diverses. J'ai eu la chance de rencontrer aux travers de stages, ateliers, des chorégraphes qui m'ont offert des trésors que j'apprécie de partager à ma façon. Ma vie de danseur a commencé à 20 ans ( fin janvier j'aurais 53 ans) dans un projet créé par un couple, en banlieue parisienne et qui a donné naissance à la Cie "Black, Blanc, Beur" constituée de danseuses et danseurs autodidactes à l’exception de trois ou quatre danseuse. ( La Cie B3 a fêtée ses 30 ans en 2014). Je pratique le chant harmonique depuis une vingtaine d'année. J'accompagnerais l'atelier en français, et surtout dans un langage corporel.

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Halifax, Nova Scotia

Just Us! Coffeehouse
5896 Spring Garden Rd.
Halifax, NS

Want to make use of your time while sitting in the waiting room or on a long bus ride? Participants can come to learn how to knit a basic knit stitch or come and practice skills they already have. Keep in mind that materials are limited so please bring along a ball of yarn and a pair of knitting needles!

Bring one of the following:
A funny story
A question about knitting

About the teacher, Jessica Melindy

Jessica Melindy is an artist based out of Halifax, Nova Scotia. She has been knitting for over 18 years. Her favourite things to knit are fair isle mittens. With a degree in textiles and a continuous curiousity you can expect to find Jessica with multiple projects on the go. Jessica brings her knitting wherever she goes and knits whenever she can. It's easier to socialize when your hands are busy making something, and it makes for a great conversion topic too!

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Tea 101

1:30p.m. to 3:00p.m.
Veith House
3115 Veith St
Halifax, NS B3K 3G9

Tea is the second most-consumed beverage in the world, after water. From Kenya to Russian to Britain, we all love tea. Learn about the history, preparation and production methods for tea around the world. Taste white, green, oolong, black and pu’erh tea and learn what makes them all different. Then learn some tricks about cooking with tea and food pairings. Bring your steep thoughts.

Bring one of the following:
A story about tea
Chocolate or snacks to share with the group
Questions about tea

About the teacher, Mel Hattie

Mel Hattie is an award-winning photographer and travel journalist based in Halifax. Her work has been published by the CBC, Photographers Without Borders, the Globe & Mail, the Guardian, Post and Courier, The Coast, Anthony Bourdain’s Roads & Kingdoms as well as on her blog, Mel Had Tea. She’s currently studying for her Master’s of Journalism from the University of King’s college. This spring she spent two months at the CBC’s European bureau in London, England during Brexit and the Queen’s 90th birthday, followed by six weeks in Bosnia and Herzegovina for Photographers Without Borders, working with the NGO Project 1948, which has a mandate to reduce ethnic conflict through policy change influenced by photo-voice projects. She’s also a tea aficionado who completed her tea sommelier training with the Tea Association of Canada and is waiting to test for her sommelier certification. Mel is currently working on a project that would take her to all the major tea producing countries in the world, producing documentary stories from each one.

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Rad Storm
6050 Almon Street
Halifax

Improvisational theatre is a form of live theatre in which the plot, characters and dialogue of a game, scene or story are made up in the moment. Improvisers will often take a suggestion from the audience, or rely on some other means of inspiration to get started. In this workshop learn the basics of improv through exciting games and exercises! In Improv anything goes- no experience is required! Audience members, actors, non-actors, all levels welcome. Ages 16 and up! Join us for some unscripted fun!

Bring one of the following:
Your ideas!

About the teacher, Justin Ju

Justin has been a fan of improv since his first "Whose line is it anyway?" episode. Founder of Dalhousie's improv club, with a couple of theatre courses under his belt, he is proud and humbled to take the reins at Radstorm for Yes and...

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Indianapolis

Like a Boss: Interviews

6:30p.m. to 8:00p.m.
Trade School Indy @ Rabble Coffee
2119 E 10th St
Indianapolis

Have an upcoming interview or simply want to practice your interviewing skills? This class is for you. We’ll talk about interview types, common questions, and how to structure responses. Come prepared to practice!

Bring one of the following:
* email classes@tradeschool.coop to volunteer at this class (this is your barter!)
* something else you'd like to offer (my contact info is in the registration email)
Fresh flowers/produce
Hardy potted plant
Homemade bread
Locally roasted coffee beans
Pack of greeting cards
Surprise from a local Indy business

About the teacher, Kim Cui

Kim is a Michigan native who currently works in healthcare finance & analytics. She is passionate about social change, being your authentic self, and adventures.

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Basics of Homebuying

6:30p.m. to 8:00p.m.
Trade School Indy @ Rabble Coffee
2119 E 10th St
Indianapolis

You probably keep hearing people say things like “Now is the time to buy!” and “Why pay that much in rent when you could be in your own home?” The truth is – interest rates are low, and it is a great time to purchase a home! We want to make sure you know exactly how the process goes – from getting pre-qualified to closing and getting the keys handed over to you! We are lending, real estate and insurance professionals and want to help you as you embark on the exciting journey of home ownership! In this class, you will learn the basics of the home buying process, as well as helpful tips and things to consider! Even if you already own a home, we have valuable tips and best practices to make sure that your next purchase is smooth and stress-free! If you are an existing homeowner, feel free to bring a copy of your latest mortgage statement or insurance declaration page and we are happy to review and give advice! Our class is accepting barter items that will be donated to the Legacy House. The Legacy House is an organization that provides free support and counseling services for adults and children who are victims of violence. They work with people from all walks of life who are facing a variety of challenges. We will have a representative from the organization at our class so you can learn more!

Bring one of the following:
* email classes@tradeschool.coop to volunteer at this class (this is your barter!)
* something else you'd like to offer (my contact info is in the registration email)
Art supplies including brushes, paints, 8 x 10 canvases, washable markers, construction paper, glue sticks, fabric markers and paints
Boxes of tissues
Cases of small bottled water
New hats, scarves, or mittens for children
Writing journals

About the teacher, Kim Mathews

Kimberly Irving began her career in the mortgage industry over 15 years ago. She prides herself in providing borrowers of all credit grades with loans that are tailored to fit their individual financial needs. Clients looking to purchase a new home or refinance existing homes can count on her to analyze credit, income and assets to be sure she meets their needs and investor guidelines. In her free time, Kimberly enjoys spending time with her husband and four children. Joe Smith is a full time Realtor working in Indianapolis and the surrounding areas. His experience includes millions of dollars in closed transactions and graduating at the top of his class with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing. As a Certified Negotiation Expert, he specializes in helping home buyers find their dream home while also achieving better results and control throughout the transaction. In his free time, Joe enjoys playing with his two amazing daughters and relaxing at the park. Kim Mathews has 5 years of insurance experience and 3 years of experience running an independent agency. She works with over 15 different companies and is able to shop rates through a variety of carriers. She is adamant about empowering her clients and prospects through education and encourages them to ask questions about anything that does not make sense. She has a black lab mix named Rigsby, and in her free time she enjoys traveling and camping.

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Easy Appetizers

6:30p.m. to 8:00p.m.
Trade School Indy @ Rabble Coffee
2119 E 10th St
Indianapolis

Do you struggle with having friends or family over and not knowing what to serve them while dinner is in the oven? Or do you love tapas restaurants but don't know how to do that for yourself at home? Then this class is for you! We will go over various appetizers and how to assemble them for your future dinner parties. We will sample some of the food and discuss how you can replicate the recipes on your own.

Bring one of the following:
* email classes@tradeschool.coop to volunteer at this class (this is your barter!)
* something else you'd like to offer (my contact info is in the registration email)
local food items (olive oil, peanut butter, candy)
local ground coffee
local, fresh produce
something a foodie would appreciate
unique note cards/thank you notes
your favorite book with a note explaining why

About the teacher, Samantha Avanzino

Samantha is a maker and doer. She loves to cook, craft, and create new things, whether that be making a new recipe to entertain friends or building furniture from scratch. She works in the non-profit world and runs a food blog on the side. She was born and raised in Nevada but loves calling Indiana her new home.

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Final Fall Meeting

3:30p.m. to 5:00p.m.
Trade School Indy @ Rabble Coffee
2119 E 10th St
Indianapolis

We will be checking in about the status of classes, members, facilitators, classroom space, Rabble partnership, etc. Members interested in becoming more involved can e-mail indianapolis@tradeschool.coop for more information!

Bring one of the following:
* a pay-what-you-can membership
* just YOURSELF, along with your enthusiasm & smile!
* train to become a Trade School class volunteer
ideas or participation
nonperishable food items for Trade School

About the teacher, Trade School Indianapolis

We are members that love and organize Trade School!

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Los Angeles

Book Show & Parlour of Wonders
5503 N Figueroa St
Los Angeles

Did you know your right to protest is enshrined in the Constitution? What’s the difference between a “demonstration” and “civil disobedience?” Is it safe to take your children to a protest? Is it right to protest right now? In the past few weeks, more Americans have been getting more engaged in democracy than ever before. They're doing that in many ways, including voting, donations, calls and letters to elected officials, and protests. This class is primarily designed for people who are new to protests, or perhaps are just protest-curious. It’s also appropriate for people who want to talk about the role of protest in democracy today. We will discuss the roots of political protest in law, the many different types of protest that exist, how to plan to participate in a protest, and what to expect from media coverage. We’ll also discuss any safety concerns you might have. All class participants will receive a hand-made zine about protests, created by the instructor. No special materials are required, though you may want to have a notebook and pen to take notes. Bring your questions and concerns - we will discuss them and help you find the answers that are right for you. **Accessibility: This location is accessible by walker or wheelchair but may not be equipped with a handicap bathroom.

Bring one of the following:
Commitment to go to a protest and send me a brief writeup about your experience
Dried beans or rice
Homemade soap or lotion (not purchased)
Pomegranates
Read and comment on one of my essays on Medium

About the teacher, Bronwyn Mauldin

Bronwyn Mauldin is a novelist and long-time political activist. She has a master’s degree in public administration (an MPA is like an MBA for people who want to work in the public sector) and has worked in both state and local government. She has also attended - and organized - many types of protests. Bronwyn has been a host on KPFK radio in LA and is the creator of GuerrillaReads, the online video literary magazine. More info is at bronwynmauldin.com

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Norwich

29 Pilling Park Road
29 Pilling Park Road
Norwich NR1 4PA

Homemade Christmas cards are always nicer than bought ones. Come along and find out the basics of designing, cutting and printing your own lino-cut cards. All equipment supplied by me except for the lino itself. If you come to this class please bring along a piece of lino about 6" x 4". Jarrolds Stationers sell something called Soft Cut Lino in the size above which I recommend you buy and bring along.

Bring one of the following:
Elderflower Fizz
Fairtrade tea or coffee
Homemade Biscuits or Cakes
Mint plant in a pot
Shaped Cookie Cutters
Vegetable seeds for planting on my allotment

About the teacher, Colin Hynson

After several years working with the Norfolk Museums Service I'm now a freelance educational writer and consultant. I like learning and teaching unusual (but practical) things.

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Introduction to Felt-Making

7:00a.m. to 8:00a.m.
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norwich

Learn the technique of wet felt-making using colourful and natural wool fibres. Felting is a technique that has been used by humans for practical and decorative use for thousands of years. In this session, you can learn the basic technique of how to create a piece of felted wool, which can be the basis for your own artwork in the future or simply to try out this historic craft. Bring a plastic bag or tupperware box to take away your piece of felt as it will need drying at home. We will be using soap so if you have sensitive skin please bring your own plastic gloves.

Bring one of the following:
Blank note- or sketch-book
Craft or textile books
Herbal teas (not green tea)
Homegrown veg
Interesting fabrics - florals, plaid, etc
Lavender oil
Natural handcreams

About the teacher, Genevieve Rudd

I'm an artist, maker and facilitator living on the Norfolk coast. I make artwork using mixed-media techniques inspired by the natural world, combining textiles, photography, drawing and printmaking. Since 2010, I've been involved in running participatory arts workshop with community groups.

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The Art of Storytelling

7:00a.m. to 9:00a.m.
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norwich

Everyone has a story to tell, whether an anecdote, a personal reminiscence, a sales pitch, a joke, or a story to the children. But what is involved in storytelling and how could we tell better? An introduction to the storyteller's art, with professional storyteller, writer and teacher Sarah Walker (SarahSpinsStories).

Bring one of the following:
A5-size notebooks or sketch books
Coloured pencils or felt pens
Loose breakfast tea leaves
Organic fruit
Washable cloth bags

About the teacher, Sarah Walker

Sarah Walker is a professional writer and storyteller. Her short book "Ghosts International: Troll and Other Stories" is published by OUP and her poetry has appeared in various collections. She runs Norfolk's storytelling gathering Tales From the Undercroft, is working on a novel set in Norwich during the English Civil Wars and is planning a regular meeting for writers in North Norwich.

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Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norwich

This is not a lecture. It is a dialogue in which anyone who wishes can participate. It is about talking and it is about listening. But most importantly of all it is about thinking, considering and reconsidering not only about the thoughts and arguments of others but those of our own. No previous knowledge of philosophy is required. But what is philosophy? Philosophy is about learning how to think clearly and systematically about certain kinds of questions. Have you have ever wondered “does God exist?”, “I am the same person I was 10 years ago”, “why does anything exist?”, “is it right to eat meat?”, “is this real or am I dreaming?” or even “can inequality be justified?” then you have already been doing philosophy. Philosophy is not just a body of knowledge but an activity. It is the process of improving our knowledge through rational and logical argument. The kinds of problems that are of interest to philosophers include those of metaphysics (questions to do with what there is), ethics (questions to do with right, wrong and value) and epistemology (questions to do with knowledge and what we can know about what there is). We will take the topic of "personal identity", we will apply our brains to it and see what comes out. My goal as facilitator is not to express or promote my own views but to lay the thread that will help us navigate through the maze of our discussion.

Bring one of the following:
A boring postcard
Interesting newspaper cuttings
Nothing that is big and heavy
Some homemade jam
Your thoughts and feedback on the session

About the teacher, Darren Poynton

I am a philosophy MA student currently based in Norwich, UK and work with a charity called The Philosophy Foundation, running philosophy workshops in schools and in the community.

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Introduction to Rag Rugging

9:00a.m. to 10:00a.m.
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norwich

Rag rugging was a popular way of using up worn-out clothes and pieces of cloth during the 19th century. There was a bit of a revival during the Second World War and is getting popular again. During this class you'll find out about the styles and techniques of simple rag rugging. By the end of the class, you'll have a tiny rag rug to take away with you.

Bring one of the following:
Biscuit/gingerbread mould
Fairtrade Tea or Coffee
Homemade Biscuits or Cakes
Large muslin cloth
Packets of vegetable seeds
Shaped Cookie Cutters
Wooden coat hangers

About the teacher, Colin Hynson

After several years working with the Norfolk Museums Service I'm now a freelance educational writer and consultant. I like learning and teaching unusual (but practical) things.

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Creative Writing Workshop

8:00a.m. to 10:00a.m.
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norwich

Exercises to get you writing and thinking, opportunities to share your work with others, whether you write memoir, fact, fiction, scripts or poetry.

Bring one of the following:
Coloured pencils, felt pens or sharpies
Loose breakfast tea leaves
Organic fruit
Robust A5-size notebooks or sketch books
Washable cloth bags

About the teacher, Sarah Walker

Sarah Walker is a professional writer and storyteller. Her short book "Ghosts International: Troll and Other Stories" is published by OUP and her poetry has appeared in various collections. She runs Norfolk's storytelling gathering Tales From the Undercroft, is working on a novel set in Norwich during the English Civil Wars and is planning a regular meeting for writers in North Norwich.

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Simple Clothes Repair

9:00a.m. to 10:00a.m.
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norwich

Learn to mend your own clothes and keep them going for much longer. Bring something that needs a simple repair, and discover how to tackle it yourself - we will look at repairing and reinforcing hems and seams, fixing buttons and other fastenings and patching and darning various tears and holes by hand. Basic equipment will be available, but bring your own if you have it; scraps for patches, needles, threads, mending wool etc.

Bring one of the following:
Fairtrade chocolate/sweet treats
Fairtrade ground coffee
Food plants/seeds/seedlings
Natural fiber yard - leftovers, charity shop etc
Nuts, seeds, dried fruit etc for baking - pref. organic.

About the teacher, Sophie Cabot

I'm an archaeologist and teacher of adults, and I'm also interested in green issues and handmade, homemade, traditional and thrifty skills. I knit, sew, cook, try to grow things, and generally like to have a go at the way things were done on the past, and I hate to see usable things go to waste.

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Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norwich

We'll look at ways to save money around the home and in daily life. There are the obvious things such as unplugging the TV and turning the heating down, so we'll be focusing on more unusual ways to reduce costs and make the most of what you've already got.

Bring one of the following:
An unusual cheese
Art book
Beads
Book of local history
Buttons
Home made beer or wine
Home made jam
Home made soap
Poetry book
Ribbon
Unwanted fabric

About the teacher, Peter

I've lived in Norfolk most of my life and spent the last 2 years in Norwich. I pride myself on being able to make use of almost anything and reusing whatever I can. I love charity shops and skip diving.

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Play and Make Ancient Board Games

9:00a.m. to 10:00a.m.
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norwich

Find out how to play the ancient Egyptian game of Senet, the game of Ur which was first played in Iraq over 2000 years ago and Nine-Man's Morris which was first played in 7th century Europe. Then you'll be able to make the boards and pieces so that you can take them home and carry on playing them with your friends and family.

Bring one of the following:
10 points into my NORLETS account
Books/pamphlets about Norfolk
Clip/Swing-top bottles
Fairtrade tea or coffee
Homemade Cakes/Biscuits

About the teacher, Colin Hynson

After several years working with the Norfolk Museums Service I'm now a freelance educational writer and consultant. I like learning and teaching unusual (but practical) things.

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