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blog : Elizabeth Gaskell as muse

The background: the House has been successful in securing funding from the Arts Council for a collaborative programme of arts activities which includes a series of creative writing workshops. Here, Ben Cassidy, who is attending the programme, describes his experience of the first session and shares his piece of flash fiction. Where to begin? The problem that faces all who set out to produce a piece of Creative Writing. Fortunately the tutor, poet Rachel Sills, had already prepared...

blog : Sunshine in the garden

The roses on the pergola are about to flower but a lot of time was needed this week to tie them into the wires. The lawn has responded to the nurturing it has received and is a very healthy green and now risk of frost has passed, the pelargoniums have been planted in the pots at the back of the house. ************* Top row: Scilla peruviana. Scotch burnet rose. Scilla and hosta. Bottom row: Geranium. Double paeony. Double...

Uncategorized : Changing lives: volunteering helps teacher rebuild his life after a stroke

I am convinced that had I not volunteered I would not have progressed either so far or so fast. On the Wednesday 10 2016 the Heritage Lottery Fund came to the House to interview one of our excellent volunteers for their Changing Lives feature. 'Mancunian teacher Nicholas Duffy was left with no feeling on his left-hand side after a stroke in January 2014.  But a visit to Elizabeth Gaskell’s house during the Manchester Literature Festival changed everything.  After their...