Red Lighthouse Writing Projects

Red Lighthouse is Mantle’s programme of writing projects which include community events, workshops, festivals and writer training and development.

Write On: Training for writers in developing workshops

Write On offers practical support, advice and guidance to writers who would like to develop skills in delivering participatory projects for community or educational settings. Over seven sessions experienced facilitators, Rob Gee and Michael Supple, will guide you in devising, developing and delivering your own workshop/project for a setting of your choosing. You will also get the opportunity to watch one of our experienced tutors at work. At the end of Write On, participants will have developed a greater understanding of what they might offer, and created an outline of their own session, workshop or project that could be offered to a school, museum, community centre or library. Write On – How to Apply

Rob Gee

Poet, comic, and psych nurse, Rob has won over twenty international awards for his solo shows as well as numerous poetry slams. He leads workshops in comedy, poetry, creative writing, improvisation and performance skills with all ages and ability ranges. He has extensive experience of working in schools and prisons, as well as with mental health service users.



Michael Supple
Michael has a substantial history in the education, arts and cultural sectors. He began his career as an English and Drama teacher before becoming Head of Drama and Second in Expressive Arts. During this time he co-authored two books on the teaching of Shakespeare as well as other articles on drama’s role in the curriculum. Michael’s passion for the role of drama in the lives of young people led to the creation of Key Drama: Northamptonshire’s first after-school drama classes for young people – 5 to 18 – operating in towns throughout the county. Michael has worked as a freelance practitioner, coach, facilitator and consultant for nearly two decades in the East and West Midlands. As a drama practitioner Michael has run workshops for children and young people in formal and informal settings and has coached teachers from the Czech Republic and Masters students from NYU. His work with and for young people has been recognised by the Royal Society of Arts, where he has recently been invited to become a Fellow. Michael has a BA in English Literature from the University of Sheffield, a PGCE from Newcastle University, and an MA in Arts in Applied Contexts from Northampton University.

MAKING IT HAPPEN: Developing ideas for children’s fiction, March 17

Whether you are starting out, already have an idea or even a work in progress, you could benefit from time spent with two experienced children’s writers, Linda Newbery and Celia Rees. On offer is practical advice on planning and starting your story to make the best of your ideas and maintain motivation. The focus will be on fiction, from the youngest stories to young adult novels.A Wolves & Apples Masterclass. More information and booking

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Self-publishing your Children’s/Young Adult Book – Wolves & Apples
Find out about the practical aspects of self-publishing and marketing children’s/young adult books from Karen Inglis, a successful self-published children’s author with close to 10,000 sales across five titles. More info


Previous Red Lighthouse events.
    ‘Wordsworth in Leicestershire’ community audio drama.
    ‘Wolves & Apples’ writers conference 2015
    ‘Wolves & Apples’ writing conference 2016
    ‘Points of Contact’ artist and writer training day.
    ‘Act Out… Write Up…’ Schools Playwriting Project.