Turnstone, by John Maiden, June 2, 2015

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Sue Burge is half way through another successful Creative Writing course at Hunstanton Heritage Centre and once again her students seem to be gaining inspiration from their surroundings as well as from their tutor.

For example, according to Alison Aldridge: “The inspirational surroundings of the Heritage Centre make it a suitable venue for the motivational creative writing course that I have joined purely because of the advert on the Heritage Centre noticeboard by the Town Hall.”

Josette Simpson agreed that the Heritage Centre is a super spot in which to further her knowledge of writing under Sue’s guidance.

Pauline Richardson said: “I came in the hope of finding hints and help on how to write a novel and memoirs.

“However, what I found was a group of supportive 
people with much inspiration to offer and share. The 
teacher, Sue, spends a lot of time preparing the sessions and her feedback is very positive, helpful and constructive.”

Margaret Ayres was full of praise for the Heritage Centre, describing it as an amazing space for creative poetry and prose, surrounded by pictures steeped in history.

Tamsin Parrott said she was loving the course and described Sue as a fabulous tutor and the group as wonderful ladies sharing and swapping lots of lovely writing ideas. She wished she had done it 
sooner.

Someone who had done it sooner was Heather Shepperd and she enjoyed so much that she had enrolled a second time.

It is too late to join this course, but on Wednesday, 
August 12, Sue is offering a one-day creative writing course at the Heritage Centre from 10am to 4pm when the theme will be ‘Seasons’ with guidance on writing fiction, poetry and memoirs. The 
fee is £28 and further details are available on the website www.sueburge.uk or by emailing skburge@outlook.com or telephoning Sue on 01553 692798.

The Heritage Centre is also the venue for other educational activities including visits from schools from as far away as Northamptonshire and next Monday I will be welcoming a group of primary school pupils studying coastal erosion and the effectiveness of manmade sea defences when it comes preventing or slowing down the rate at which erosion takes place.

Their findings could make interesting reading for west Norfolk council officers and members when they get round to considering whether or not to raise the height of the sea wall along the south promenade, which was clearly ineffective when it came to defending the Sea Life Sanctuary from inundation by the sea in December 2013.

This might call for some creative accounting rather than creative writing...