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Sarah Gillbard welcomes all writers to new creative group - they meet at the Breathe Café on the first floor of The Buttermarket in Newark

A keen writer who found herself struggling with her latest project is setting up a club where writers of all abilities can meet and be inspired by one another.

Sarah Gillbard, of Elston, is hosting the first meeting of Breathe, Write, at the Breathe Café on the first floor of The Buttermarket in Newark.

She is inviting anyone with an interest in writing, from published authors to complete newcomers, to go along.

Writers are welcome to a new group being launched by Sarah Gillbard. Its first session is a week today.
Writers are welcome to a new group being launched by Sarah Gillbard. Its first session is a week today.

Sarah has always enjoyed writing, keeping diaries when she was younger and later producing freelance work for magazines.

But it was a few years ago, as her three children grew up and she had more time for herself, that she started looking for a new focus.

“I had reached a time in my life when, if I wanted something to happen, I needed to plan for it,” she said.

A freelance project about the lives of retired racehorses led to an offer to learn to play polo. As a lifelong rider, she jumped at the chance, and was hooked,

Researching the exclusive sport took her overseas where she met a young Zulu man whose ambition was to become Africa’s first black international professional polo player.

He succeeded, but was murdered soon afterwards.

Sarah is now working on a book about his story, from which she plans to produce a synopsis for a film.

“I realised there is a lot more to writing a book than writing a story for a newspaper or magazine,” she said.

She went along to one local writers’ group, but it wasn’t for her. Another, which she enjoyed, took place in Nottingham city centre in the evenings, which put her off attending in the winter..

“But I realised how brilliant writing clubs can be with the right mix of people,” she said.

After putting the idea on the back burner again while dealing with other things in her life, she recently decided the time was right to finally do something about it.

With the support of The Shaw Mind Foundation, a mental health charity based in Newark, and other friends and contacts, she is starting Breathe, Write to give writers somewhere to meet, talk and share experiences and ideas.

The first meeting is a week today, at 2pm, when anyone going along will be welcome to suggest how the group should develop.

Anyone who is interested can contact Sarah on arti nore@hotmail.com


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