Laura Horton Plymouth's Laureate Of Words

ReBels Writers’ Lab

Thu 28 Apr
Workshop start time: 5pmWorkshop end time: 8pm
3 hours
Pay What You Decide
ReBels Writers' Lab with Plymouth's Laureate Of Words Laura Horton.
This is an opportunity for emerging writers to explore different writing techniques, try out ideas and share their writing in a safe space.
Professional writer, Laura Horton will facilitate each lab and also share her month to month writing process and give you an insight into her way of working.
In March and April the sessions will prepare you for an optional sharing of your work, giving you a chance to either stage your script with Barbican Theatre performers, place it in an anonymous art show, share your work as an Open Mic or perform your spoken word in a City Centre showcase - Plymouth In Its Prime.
The Labs happen the last Thursday of the month, at Barbican Theatre.
There will be lots of time to talk, write, share and listen.

Writers Lab Session Dates:

Thursday 27 Jan 2022 5pm - 8pm
Thursday 24 Feb 2022 5pm - 8pm
Thursday 31 March 2022 5pm - 8pm
Thursday 28 April 2022 5pm - 8pm
You can book to attend one, two, three or all four sessions. There is no minimum or maximum limit.

Online Access

You can join online instead if you would like to - please email to register and we'll send you the zoom link.
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Pay What You Decide

This is a Pay What You Decide workshop, which means you can decide what you pay to attend. You can pay now when you book or after you have attended the workshop.
Looking at other workshops of this type in the area we estimate that 1 ticket to similar events would cost £30. There is no ‘right’ answer, we are not attempting to lead you to a specific figure. You can pay £0 for your ticket.


Laura Horton, Plymouth's Laurate Of Words
Laura Horton: Plymouth's Laureate Of Words

Laura Horton

Plymouth playwright, facilitator and publicist Laura Horton is Plymouth's first ever Laureate of Words, for the two years 2021-22. In autumn 2020, Literature Works joined forces with Plymouth Culture and The Box to recruit a Laureate of Words for the city, picking up the baton from outgoing Poet Laureate, Thom Boulton.
As part of a creative partnership between Literature Works, Plymouth Culture and The Box, Laura will engage with a number of written and performance based commissions presented to her by various organisations across the city. She will also be running a series of public events and working with schools in the city to share the stories at the heart of Plymouth’s communities.
Laura was presented her first commission by the Lord Mayor of Plymouth’s Office in December 2020. She was inspired by an image from 1940 featured in a Plymouth Herald article, which shows Plymouth in the aftermath of one of a series of aerial attacks by the Luftwaffe. Find out more about her creative process and read her short story ‘Roll out Plymouth’ – which responds to the brief: ‘Caring and supporting one another: exploring how the community of Plymouth comes together’

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Covid 19 Safety 
The health, safety and comfort of our audiences, colleagues and performers are very important to us.
We have a number of measures in place to ensure your comfort and safety. Enhanced hygiene procedures are in place.  Hand sanitising stations are positioned throughout the public spaces for audience members to use and we ask that you do so frequently. The theatre will be aired out between rehearsals and performances (for added covid safety) which can mean the space can feel a tiny bit more chilly even after we shut the doors. Therefore we suggest you wear an extra layer to be safe!
In line with new regulations issued on 8 December, unless exempt, all audience members are required to wear face masks from as soon as they arrive at the theatre and throughout their visit (including while watching the performance).
All Barbican Theatre team members will be wearing face masks (unless exempt) and will be regularly lateral flow tested. This includes the team front of house and back stage, and performers.
We continue to monitor the latest guidance from the UK Government.
Please do not attend if you
  • Are displaying any Covid-19 symptoms
  • Have had a positive PCR or lateral flow test within 10 days
  • You’ve recently arrived into the UK and have not received the results of your PCR test
  • You’ve been instructed to self-isolate.
  • If you have any questions about your tickets, refunds or exchanges due to covid-related issues please email our Audience Experience Manager, Robyn, at
Your Visit
Our Address
Barbican Theatre
Castle Street
The Barbican
Barbican Theatre is just behind the Mayflower Visitor Centre (up some steps) on Southside Street opposite the Mayflower Steps (and the Prawn).
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Unreserved seating in is place for this workshop which is held in Barbican Theatre's main theatre space.
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Pay What You Decide.

This is a 3 hour workshop led by Laura Horton, a professional writer and Plymouth's Laureate Of Words. Looking at other workshops of this type in the city we estimate that 1 ticket to similar events would cost £30. There is no ‘right’ answer, we are not attempting to lead you to a specific figure.

You can pay £0 for your ticket.

You can also choose to pay after you have attended the workshop - there will be options to pay by cash or card at Barbican Theatre.

Tickets for this event are no longer available.