Budding writers are invited to explore their creative side at County Durham libraries this month.

North East writer Rachel Cochrane is heading to Durham County Council libraries to host ‘New Year, New You’ themed writing sessions to encourage and inspire creative minds.

In the two-hour sessions Rachel will use diaries, archive materials and stories to stimulate the imaginations of participants and give advice and support on bringing words to life.

Finished works will be compiled by Rachel to be displayed at the libraries.

Three pieces of writing from everything produced in the workshops will also be chosen and recorded in audio, for a podcast.

Rachel said: “Express yourself! The sessions are relaxed and informal, using the theme of diaries as inspiration for your own writing.  

“All are welcome including those new to writing and trying it for the first time.”

All sessions cost £1 and booking is required, by phoning the host library.

Details are as follows:

Monday 15 January

  • Consett Library, 10.30am – 12.30pm, 03000 269 513
  • Stanley Library, 2.00pm – 4.00pm, 03000 269 517

Tuesday 16 January

  • Peterlee Library, 2pm – 4pm, 03000 269 509

Wednesday 17 January

  • Barnard Castle Library, 2.00pm – 4.00pm, 03000 263 409

Thursday 18 January

  • Crook Library, 10.30am – 12.30pm, 03000 269 002
  • Spennymoor Library, 2.00pm – 4.00pm, 03000 269 531

Friday 19 January

  • Durham Clayport Library, 10.30am – 12.30pm, 03000 265 524
  • Newton Aycliffe Library, 2.00pm – 4.00pm, 03000 269 519

Monday 22 January

  • Chester-le-Street Library, 10.30am – 12.30pm, 03000 269 512
  • Seaham Library, 2.00pm – 4.00pm, 03000 262 510

Linda Dobson, the council’s principal library manager, said: “January is a great time to learn something new and these sessions offer an opportunity for people to discover their writing talents in a fun and creative way.

“With Rachel’s passion for words and the North East we’re thrilled to have her on board and I’d encourage anyone with an interest in writing to book a place.”

For more information about libraries in County Durham or to find one near you visit www.durham.gov.uk/libraries