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Seven-Year-Old Among Winners for Lighthouse Story Writing Competition

As part of its creative engagement program during lockdown, Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts ran a competition for writers to produce a bedtime story. The contest was open to people of all ages, with the winning entries to be commissioned and performed for the venue’s weekly Sunday Bedtime Story video. And after narrowing the submissions down to a shortlist of ten, judge Donald Hutera, an arts journalist, has selected the three winning stories…

Dale Hurst, Novelist

Sin & Secrecy was inspired by reading the classic works from the big 18th and 19th Century writers like Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell, and Jane Austen, and watching adaptations thereof. I really wanted to write a story channelling my love for these styles and characters and language, but that placed them all in one common setting. I couldn’t tell you exactly what sparked the idea in the mind of a 15-year-old of four children conspiring to murder their headmistress, but that was the seed from which Sin & Secrecy and its prequel grew…

Dorset Coronavirus Archive Project Up and Running After “Fantastic” Response

Last week, a call-out was issued to anyone in Dorset who might want to “make history”. The Dorset History Centre and Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts, have partnered up to collate the “Corona Diary”. This project will archive a range of different people’s experiences of the coronavirus pandemic from across the county. In order to tell the story of the virus and its impact on Dorset for future generations…

Nina Manning, Author

Author Nina Manning

It has always been in my blood, really. Ever since I was a kid – I used to love creative writing classes; used to excel in those. And then in my spare time, I would just like to sit and, not necessarily write stories, but create the scenarios and the characters. I used to love sitting there putting little character profiles together, and then go to bed, and then the next day, I would be so excited to almost greet the characters I had created the night before…

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