Whitleigh Words Festival Workshop with Ruth Snell

Whitleigh Words Workshop with Ruth Snell

FREE Fun Japanese Poetry Workshop

Saturday 4th July 2015

At St Chads Church Hall, Whitleigh Green, Plymouth.  

12pm – 2pm

Free entry, Free refreshments & Free Parking.

Limited FREE places. Book now! 

The workshops are open to anyone who lives in Plymouth.

Even though it is advisable for children not to attend the workshops, children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Advisable age for children to attend these workshops is from the age of 12 years.

There will be limited places available.



Limited spaces available

Phone PCC at 01752 306521 or 01752 313645 to book a FREE workshop place at St Chads Church Hall, Whitleigh Green, Saturday 21st March 2015, 12pm – 4pm.

Please bring a pen & writing pad to all workshops.


A little about Ruth Snell 

Ruth was born in Devonport in 1963, the daughter of a Ships Welder and a Nurse. Her father’s family have been in the Plymouth area for generations; her grandmother was born in Portland Square in 1892 and her great-grandparents were living there in the 1880s.

After World War Two, Ruth’s grandmother lived in Lancaster Gardens Whitleigh following several years in a Crownhill prefab. Educated at Burrington Secondary Modern School (where she had a wonderful time), Ruth joined the Civil Service on leaving school and is still employed with the Ministry of Defence to this day.

Married to a farmer in 1987, Ruth lived in Cornwall on a remote farm where the only
water supply was from a well in the orchard. It made her realize the strength of our ancestors while at the same time, serving as a remarkable introduction to the powers of nature.

When back in Plymouth, Ruth studied for a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Classics (Greek and Latin with Literature) along with Law. From 2010-2012, she was President of Plymouth Proprietary Library – Plymouth’s oldest library established in 1810 – and started a Writer’s Group.

Creative Writing is something she has always been involved in but progress remains steady due to the full time job.
In 2014 she published Inspeximus: Poetry from the Manors of The Roborough Hundred; a collection of poetry blended with local history which looks at the Plymouth area during Domesday.
Ruth is often known by her married name of Ruth Muttlebury.

On Monday 2nd March 2015 Ruth won second prize in The Sentinel Annual Short Story Competition (under my married name of Ruth Muttlebury). The story is called ‘Jail Grail’ and is a Dartmoor based mystery. Huge Congratulations to Ruth!

See Ruth Snell’s Blog HERE!






11:45 Arrive at St Chad’s Church.


12:00 Introductions and aims.


12:15 Japanese Poetry and its revered place in cultural literature.  ‘Less is more’.


12:20 Haiku – the most popular form of Japanese poetry – we look at lots of examples and the structure of the verse with its three lines of five, seven, five syllables respectively.


12:30 The Group write their Haiku.


12:45 The Group read out their Haiku to the gathering.


13:00 Tanka – is a Japanese lyric form of writing in five lines of five, seven, five, seven and seven syllables.  Evidence of Tanka dates from 7th century Japan and is considered older than Haiku.


13:15 The Group write their Tanka.


13:30 The Group read out their Tanka to the gathering.


13:45 Haibun – is a more modern form of mixing both Haiku and prose – although when we say ‘modern’ it evolved from Japan in the 17th century, so is still quite old by our standards.  The method of Haibun offers the writer more flexibility with words and builds a longer story.  The Group will look at examples of Haibun to see if any of their Haiku can be used to extend into a Haibun.


14:00 The afternoon finishes.  Delegates are encouraged to compile more Japanese poetry – in all formats – at home and then submit for a display, as guided by Sandy.

Check List

  1. Everyone needs to bring pen and paper.
  2. No experience is necessary – but a love of words does help.  Knowledge of Japanese not essential!!
  3. Handouts on Japanese poetry will be provided by Ruth.



 Free Refreshments Available

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What else is planned for The Whitleigh Words Festival? Find out HERE!

Whitleigh Words Treasure Hunt HERE!

Writers Resources are HERE

Whitleigh Words Poetry Walk with Ruth Snell HERE!

Who’s Who – Whitleigh Words Workshops  HERE!




Bus 44 leaves Royal Parade opposite the Guildhall. The bus stops at Whitleigh Green. See Plymouth Citybus Timetables HERE!

See the Whitleigh map HERE!

Kindly supported & funded by Vital Sparks

Also supported by Plymouth City Council, Plymouth Community Homes, Whitleigh Big Local, The Albemarle Inn, Porkies Cafe, Plymouth City Central Library, Plymouth Culture & Arts Council England.


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