‘Find Your Place’ by Katalina Watt was written during the Autumn series of ‘Secret Garden’ creative writing workshops, run by Glasgow Women’s Library in partnership with Edinburgh Art Festival. The workshops were part of our National Lifelong Learning programme of events across Scotland. The workshops took place in a hidden garden in Edinburgh, and used the setting – surrounded by nature – to reflect and respond to the natural world and ideas of place in our writing. The ‘Secret Garden’ will return in April 2019 for its Spring series – watch this space!
FIND YOUR PLACE
By Katalina Watt
Find your place, somewhere that makes you shine. Complete your growing season and welcome the next with open arms. Howl and laugh wildly at the wind and rain and concern yourself with your development only. Delve into your wild imaginings and think romantically tragic poems into life. Why not? Stand firm and tall in your convictions but keep your eyes and heart open to learning from others. Keep your tongue sharp with wit but soft with compassion. Tell them you love them and hold them close. Touch is a weapon of love. Lighten your load and do the same for others. Relish each experience and remember to listen to the world around you. Every decision is a tiny paint splash on the canvas of your life. Make art with your heart and not so much with your head. It will be something beautiful and you will learn more about yourself. Breathe deeply and grow like a sunflower turning towards the light. Keep your ink ready and fill your notebook with the hummings of your soul.
About Katalina Watt
Katalina Watt is a writer and champion of diverse voices and stories within the book industry. She has an undergraduate MA in English Literature from the University of Glasgow and is currently studying for an MSc in Publishing at Edinburgh Napier University. She has an insatiable wanderlust, and when not writing can often be found up a mountain, smashing the patriarchy, or dancing to jazz.
About GWL’s National Lifelong Learning Programme
GWL doesn’t stop at Glasgow! Our National Lifelong Learning project offers a rich, diverse programme of activities, events, courses and online resources for women of all ages and backgrounds across Scotland. We’ve worked with women’s groups and partner organisations all over Scotland, from Inverness to Skye, Argyle and Bute to Dundee, Dumfries and Galloway to Dumbarton and Clydebank to Falkirk. Find out more on our National web pages.