Creative Writing and Art – Shadow Puppets Day with Juliet Lockhart, Saturday 23rd June

Please see details below of a workshop being run by

Enter the world of shadows.  During this one day workshop we will explore the possibilities that shadow puppets can bring to a story.

We will begin by looking at shadow puppets as characters. We will then work on a piece of writing, a short story or a reworking of a traditional tale.  In the afternoon we will make shadow puppets that bring the writing to life.  There will be the opportunity to try out the puppets with a shadow screen.  By the end of the day you will have made at least one puppet to take away and have the beginnings of a story.

​This exciting new course will take place at the Nottage Institute, in Wivenhoe. Starting at ten am and finishing at four pm, this day long course includes a tasty vegetarian lunch, as well as coffee and biscuits in the break. As all our classes and events are interactive, places are limited to twelve. This course costs £80. To book your place or contact us at or ring Petra on 07913255442.

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Mosaic Meeting tonight – Wednesday 16th May

We are looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday 16th May at 7:00 for 7:30pm at our new venue the Castle Inn Colchester. As we are not being charged for this room there will be no fee for the meeting but we strongly encourage you to arrive in time to buy a drink of any description!  The room we will be using is separate to the main bar and has its own door from the outside seating area at the side of the pub. Parking is available nearby at the Greyfriars car park or Priory Street. There is a drop off point outside the Castle gates.

Mosaic has received the following exciting invitation to take part in an exhibition commemorating the end of the first World War  which will be held at First Site from September to January.

We are working with internationally renowned Delhi-based artists Raqs Media Collective on an ambitious co-commission with 14-18 NOW entitled ‘Not Yet At Ease‘. 14-18 NOW is a five-year programme of extraordinary arts experiences connecting people with the First World War. ‘Not Yet At Ease’ will explore the history of psychological disorders resulting from conflict and the stigmas attached to them.  This major artwork will rework letters, photographs and documents dating back to the First World War to create an innovative video and sound installation that tells the story of the condition known at the time as ‘shell shock’. Alongside the exhibition, we are programming an energetic public programme of events – a “Theory Opera” – that will take place alongside the physical gallery installation from 30 September 2018 to 20 January 2019. These events will bring together academics, poets, writers and local groups to create meetings of minds that engage in the interlinked histories of war, poetry and mental health.

We are keen to engage local groups in presenting a poetry performance, or public reading of extracts of literature associated with the subject of the exhibition. Along with Raqs, we are currently culminating a list of poet’s works and other literature that we would love local groups to bring a vividness to through performance. We are also open to new poetry being created and performed in response to the themes explored within the exhibition or any of the poems/books Raqs have taken inspiration from – happy to share this list when required. 

We will be using Wednesday’s Workshop meeting to explore possible ideas and stating points. The workshop will be jointly led by Tess Gardner and Sheena Clover.

If any of you have any memorabilia from the First World War we would appreciate you bringing it to this meeting when there will be an opportunity to share its history and personal significance.

We would also encourage an early start for this meeting so that members can informally share any artefacts before we start writing.

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2018 Stanza Poetry Competition – open!

The 2018 Stanza Poetry Competition theme this year is TRADITION. It’s free to enter but you must be a Poetry Society member (if you’re not a member join here) who is also a member of a  Poetry Society Stanza – but you can join any time before the competition closes.

Send up to two poems, max 40 lines per poem (not including title). Closing date is Monday 10 September 2018 and the winners will be announced on National Poetry Day, Thursday 4 October 2018. Judge: Penelope Shuttle.

Have a look at the rules before you enter.




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New venue

Our new meeting venue is the Castle Inn Colchester, 92 High Street CO1 1TH. The nearest car parks are situated behind Grey Friars or in Priory Street.

The Inn has booked us a good sized room at the rear of the pub with its own access through the seating area. We will not be charged for the room but there is an expectation that refreshments will be bought. Therefore we will no longer be collecting subs for our meetings but do hope you will buy a drink.

We hope to see you there next month on May 16th for a workshop (details to follow).

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Critiquing session on Wednesday 18th April

Our next Mosaic meeting (Wednesday 18th April) is a critiquing session. if you would like feedback on a poem please bring copies to share. As usual we will meet at Lion Walk Church, Colchester, 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

There will also be a discussion about a new venue – we will need your views, either at the meeting or in advance via email, and to come to a decision.  Thanks to everyone who has already emailed about this.

Hope lots of you can make it on Wednesday!

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Our next meeting – publication avenues workshop

Our next meeting Wednesday 21st March will be a workshop led by Antony and Candyce. As usual we will meet at Lion Walk Church, Colchester, 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

Two years ago Antony Johae gave a presentation on how to get your poems published. This is a follow-up where members are invited to bring along a poem ready for publication, and also any journals you’ve been reading.

At the workshop several of us will introduce journals we respect, and we’ll try to shed light on the selection process and timeline involved.

The rest of the workshop will consist of working in pairs/small groups, so bring 4 copies of your poem, any literary magazines you’ve been reading; and the goal for your group will be to suggest possible publication avenues.

We will share our expertise! There will be past copies of poetry magazines to take home.

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Wunderkammer ‘Flash Write’ Workshop 25 February 2018 1pm

Take part in an exciting writing workshop at Firstsite in association with Colchester and Ipswich Museums and the University of Essex. This session will be led by writer in residence Lelia Ferro, an MA student from the University of Essex and member of MOSAIC Stanza Group.

Join Lelia to write an ekphrasis response to the Wunderkammer exhibition at Firstsite – a cabinet of curiosities featuring many interesting artefacts from the Museums’ archives.

The writing brief is ‘wonderment’ and imaginative connections between the objects. You can select any objects/artworks you wish to respond to, and you may respond in any form you wish poetry/prose.

For more details see

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