National Writing Day 2017 – High Peak Community Arts

Stories and Song

High Peak Community Arts  will hold 4 workshops with different groups, led by singer/songwriter Bella Hardy (BBC Folk Singer of the Year 2014).  Bella has recorded an album of songs from the Peak District, ‘The Dark Peak and the White’,  which includes adaptations and new tunes to works from ‘The Ballads and Songs of Derbyshire’ published 1867, as well as original songs written for the history, folklore and legends of the area.  

Through Bella’s words and music, participants will be able to see and explore how stories are constructed, and then how they can be transformed into song. Participants will then write their own stories – from their own lives if they choose or imaginary – as lyrics, poetry or prose.  They will be able to work individually or in pairs or groups, and the approach for each session will be led by the needs and abilities of the different participants.  

The workshops will be with (i) children at a primary school (ii) young people  from local estates who are involved in our performing arts projects (iii) elders in a care home; and (iv) homeless women, including those escaping domestic violence, women recovering from drug / alcohol dependency, and vulnerable women from the community.

About High Peak Community Arts:

High Peak Community Arts is a vibrant arts charity with a 38 year history of engaging people in the High Peak in excellent participatory arts. We work to break down barriers to participation in the arts, including geographic location, lack of resources, disability, mental ill health, age or other personal / social circumstances. Our projects enable people to work collectively to challenge expectations and create work that reflects and celebrates life.  We provide long term opportunities to make a sustainable difference to people’s lives, using the arts as a tool for change.


In association with Writing East Midlands to celebrate National Writing Day