The initiative came from Eileen Moran, then head of Brambles Farm School and the East Middlesbrough Language
Project, which, to quote from Rebecca O'Rourke's Written on the Margins - Creative Writing and adult education in Cleveland - Leeds University - 1994 page 2
" Sometimes projects designed with children in mind ended up serving adults' needs, as was the case with Bramblethorne Writers.The original impetus came from a project designed to involve parents in boosting their children's reading and writing skills, but it quickly became apparent that parents wanted to develop their own creative writing. This was an eye opener for teachers :
Eileen Moran was introduced to Trev Teasdel by Community Arts Middlesbrough at the Pavilion in North Ormesby. They had outlined Trevor's work with Teesside Writers Workshop, Outlet and the WEA Creative Writing courses and Eileen invited Trevor to a Creative Writing workshop she had organised for the parents at Brambles Farm Primary School with North East Writer - Wendy Robertson Wendy took a group of parents through a short story writing workshop and gave them loads of encouragement.
The Bramblesthorne Writers group formed at the the first term with Trevor as an informal writers group alongside or in-between formal courses and produced with Trevor their first anthology - Bramblesthorne Writers - An Anthology of Short Stoires and Verse and in 1992 produced their second anthology with Andy Croft - Grimm Tales.
In addition, in the autumn of 1989 Eileen Moran asked Trevor to take part as a Writer In Residence in the East
Brambles in Outlet pt2
Brambles in Outlet
The Bramblethorn Writers had a double page in the very last issue of Outlet and joined in the Write Around Festival.
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