Screen Shot 2015-07-13 at 13.58.12BUDDING wordsmiths are invited to hone their skills – with one of the region’s true icons as inspiration.

The Tees Transporter Bridge will be the theme for a writing workshop organised by the Teesside Literary Society and poet and playwright Andy Willoughby.

All are welcome to take part in the workshop on Wednesday, July 15 which is suitable for all abilities.

Andy, a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Teesside University, said: “I think this is an excellent project befitting our Bridge’s iconic status.

“It’s great to see the Literary Society helping to connect people creatively to their heritage.

“We need to draw attention to the marvellous work that’s been done renovating the bridge – a place of memory and emotion for all Teessiders.”

Transporter Education, Learning and Events Officer Tosh Warwick said: “We are delighted to support this event exploring the heritage of the Bridge and wider area in new ways.

“The Heritage Lottery Fund-supported enhancement of the Visitor Centre has helped improve the venue and we welcome approaches from groups and organisations interested in using the space.”

A selection of the pieces created at Wednesday’s workshop will be performed at a free event at the newly refurbished Transporter Visitor Centre on Tuesday, July 21.

The Transporter heritage creative writing session takes place from 6pm to 9pm on Wednesday (July 15) in Room M5.03 at Teesside University.

Admission is £10 – no booking required.