Minding your peas and cucumbers: Garden Writing Workshop with Kay Sexton

Kay Sexton, local author, reads from her new book, ’Minding My Peas and Cucumbers’, followed by a Gardening Writing Workshop at Hove Library.

On Saturday 4th June, twelve people gathered in the Wolseley Room at Hove Library. Author and Workshop Leader, Kay Sexton, read two extracts from her book. She then introduced different styles and ways of thinking about garden writing, using examples to illustrate ‘reflective’ and ‘persuasive’ writing techniques.


 Kay then asked us to dig deep and remember our earliest and fondest memories of being in a garden, contrasted with any unpleasant experiences.  We were encouraged to consider all our senses: ‘seeing’, ‘hearing, ‘feeling’, ’smelling’ and ‘tasting’.  The group eagerly put pens to paper and the morning ended with writing our own ‘Seed Packets’. This  could be inventing our own flower or, a favourite vegetable that we had experience of growing.  We then pinned them to a display of buddhlia branches. There was also a seed exchange by people who had brought in seeds from their own garden.


The delights of Kay’s allotment produce were savoured during the coffee break with home-made quince jam tarts and muffins.

The workshop was enjoyed by all and Kay’s passion for writing and gardens kept the ink flowing throughout.


Louise S – Library Officer

Kay’s book, ‘Minding My Peas and Cucumbers’: Quirky Tales of Allotment Life, can be ordered from:  www.summersdale.com

For more information about upcoming events, check the library website: www.citylibraries.info


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