Week 13: Words from the Wild. Unlucky for some, but not for us!

I can not believe it is our 13th week of Words from the Wild for this term. 13 is traditionally an unlucky number, but I believe that we can make our own luck and our own decisions and 13 can be whatever we decide it to be for us! So this is a hopeful and uplifting session to end this term before we take a week off next week for Easter break.

This week William chose the author Dara McAnulty as our inspiration for the creative writing session. You can see an extract of her work here entitled ‘It’s time to grab the slippery eel of hope’. Dara is a 16 year old award winning author who is known for nature writing, even scooping the Wainwright writing prize.

In the article Dara mentions the first flutterings of hope at the sign of Spring and draws on the way that Nature can remind us that the world keeps going and the seasons keep changing. Spring is definitely in the air here in York. The city walls are full of daffodils, I’ve got an allotment pond teaming with frog spawn and I was lucky enough to hear and see a beautiful Tawny owl a few days ago while on my evening dog walk.

The following four tasks are all designed to help you feel hopeful.

Task 1: (5 Mins) Spend some time outdoors (just twenty minutes or so). Jot down all the things that are different from the cold dark days winter. What do you notice. Are there birds singing, or the sun shining? Are people wearing coats or not? How are the colours different?

Task 2: (5 mins) A changing wardrobe. As the weather warms we are able to pull out our lighter clothing and ditch our winter boots for lighter footwear and sandals. Can you personify (make something have human traits) the Spring? Imagine that you are the spirit of Spring. Describe your new outfit! Remember that the words you use to describe your outfit can make your reader feel refreshed and excited too, really sell it to them!

Task 3: (10 mins) Life cycles. Imagine that you are new to the world. Perhaps you are a tiny frogspawn darting around a pond, or an owl chick in the hollow of a tree. Or maybe a lovely baby bouncy chick or puppy. Can you imagine what it feels like to be in your new environment with lots of new things to experience. Write from the perspective of your chosen subject and the things that interest them. Describe how it feels to be finding your way in the world.

Task 4: (5 mins) Summer evenings. Lately I have been enjoying going out at dusk and enjoying being able to be outdoors and it still being very mild. What are you looking forward to most about the longer warmer evenings? If this is something you don’t usually enjoy, try to think about a change of habit or perspective. What advice might you give to somebody else to enjoy the milder evenings?

Hope you enjoy the Easter break and have some lovely Spring discoveries of your own.

Best wishes,


Published by Emma

Hi my name is Emma! I am a writer and artist. I work for the NHS at Converge (www.yorksj.ac.uk/converge) and I am also an MA graduate in Creative writing and am currently studying for a PhD in Humanities. I have been leading a creative writing class at the beautiful St Nicks in York (www.stnicks.org.uk) for the last five years. When I am not at work I'm on my allotment or at Base Camp (my home) planning new adventures.

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