The preface from the 2001 book of collected writings by the Broomspring Writer’s Workshop gives a great insight into their times meeting at the Broomhall Centre (then Broomspring Centre):
“It’s seven o’clock on a Monday night in Broomhall. Shirley’s finishing off her day’s work. I’m hauling tables from various corners of the Broomspring Centre, stacking and unstacking chairs, filling the kettle and collecting cups. Mary arrives first; her bus gets her here early. Next comes John, always punctual. We wait, we chat, we check our watches. Ian and Michael and Sarah turn up, then Sue with a bag full of biscuits. Colin brings his bike into the room. Brian comes in, or doesn’t, distracted. He’s getting married soon. We begin.
The book you’re holding in your hand is the result of lots of these Monday nights strung together. We write and read and do a lot of talking about it. It’s been my pleasure to witness the blossoming of such diverse talents. This book is a step along the way.
Linda Lee Welch