Objects of Desire

What do your favourite objects say about you? What kinds of stories can they tell? What people and places are they connected to?


These and other questions will be asked to participants of 3 Objects of Desire workshops in creative writing, digital art and making, arranged as part of the Family Learning Weekend this weekend.

Led by writer Bob Beagrie and artist Adrian Moule the workshops have been organised through Cleveland Arts and sponsored by Stockton’s Learning Towns and Hartlepool Borough Council.

When and Where?

The workshops take place on the following times and dates:

Friday 1 Oct:

  • 9.30 – 12.00 @ Tedder Primary School, Thornaby, Stockton-on-Tees
  • 1.00 – 3.30 @ Rievaulx Resource Centre, Rievaulx Ave, Billingham

Sunday 3 Oct

  • 1.00 – 3.00 @ Hartlepool Central Library

The workshops are ideal for family groups, or friends spanning a few generations. Each person is asked to bring in a hand-sized object, which has some special value (a momento, a souvenir, a trinket, a family heirloom….) These objects will be used as a source for some creative writing, based on simple directed questions and discussions of the stories, people and places that are connected to the objects.

Then after the first writing stage each person will have their hand, holding the object, scanned and the image printed out as an A4 poster. The next stage is to edit/rewrite the written notes down to a few key lines or phrases, which will be typed up and added to the image.

The final stage is to work with another piece of paper, folding it into a cubed container for the writings about your object. The box will also bear the key words and image of the object in your hand.