Play-writing– Gordon and Jocelyn will work with a small group on developing a script from scratch leading to the production of 10 minute plays. A useful session for anyone interested in directing, acting, script writing, or writers wanting some practice writing speech and dialogue.
Gordon Simms Formally head of Performing Arts at what is now Blackburn University, Gordon hoped for a quiet life on retiring to rural France in 2002. However, in 2012 he organised the first Bilingual LitFest in the tiny village of St Clémentin with guest of honour, Helen Dunmore. In 2014 the festival was repeated gaining EU recognition and funding. A third is planned for 2016 in tandem with festivals in Italy, Spain and the UK. As well as writing poetry Gordon thoroughly enjoys playwriting and is currently involved with a newly founded theatre company for whom he is directing. His collected poems, Uphill to the Sea, won the Biscuit prize, 2012.
Jocelyn Simms Jocelyn organises the Segora International Writing Competitions, launched in 2007. She founded the International Writer’s Block in 1998 and enjoys giving creative writing workshops in France and UK. She is an active member of the Nord Deux-Sèvres writers group. Her poetry has recently been published by Sentinel, Decanto and Hungry Hill. She is the creative director of the St Clémentin bilingual LitFest.