Free books through Worcestershire Libraries for National Poetry Day
Poetry enthusiasts will be able to pick up five different anthologies for free from any of the six main Worcestershire Libraries (The Hive, Redditch, Bromsgrove, Evesham, Malvern and Kidderminster). Visitors will be able to help themselves to these books from Thursday October 7th (National Poetry Day). The books are the result of four different free writing courses, run by The Word Association CIC in partnership with Worcestershire Libraries and funded by The National Lottery Community Fund.
This project saw the facilitation of three mental health writing courses (run by poets Giovanni ‘Spoz’ Esposito, Lorna Meehan and Holly WInter-Hughes) and two LGBTQ+ writing courses (run by Holly Winter-Hughes). From these workshops, four anthologies of work were produced. During this time, we also produced an anthology featuring voices from across Worcestershire, including poems from Worcestershire Poet Laureate Ade Couper and Young Worcestershire Poet Laureate Faith Taylor. These five anthologies were published by Bite Poetry Press. The cover art on each book showcases the photography from various course participants. At The Word Association, we continue to provide free courses and writing opportunities all year round. Keep an eye on our website and social media channels for upcoming events and activities, or email email@example.com to find out what we have planned.
Free creative writing workshops with visual artist, Oliver Bliss and Holly Winter-Hughes of The Word Association CIC
Free Creative Writing Workshops 9th, 16th, 23rd,30th Oct 12-3pm Henry Sandon Hall.
You are invited to attend a series of free creative writing workshops with visual artist, Oliver Bliss and Holly Winter-Hughes of The Word Association CIC – exploring gender, identity and self-worth through Oliver Bliss’ new art series #SoftLads.
For the past two years, Oliver has been creating a series of tapestries focusing on portraits of tattooed males to explore male identity. Oliver and Holly would like to invite you to experience the work for yourself, and with guidance create a poem or piece of writing in response to the work and the themes explored. Although the art focuses on male identity, we are also looking for interpretations from people identifying as female, gender fluid and non binary.
Contributor’s pieces will be curated into a new anthology, which will be out in the new year. The workshops will take place from 12-3pm on Saturdays 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th October at Henry Sandon Hall, Worcester, WR1 2NE. You are welcome to attend all four sessions, as we’ll be focusing on different elements of the work. Likewise, if you can only attend one session, you’d be very welcome.
These workshops are open for anyone, no matter your level of writing experience. The workshops will allow you the chance to experience the artworks, talk to the artist about the work and explore the themes from the work through a series of gentle writing exercises.
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Midlands Air Ambulance Air30
To celebrate 30 years of the Midlands Air Ambulance we have a new anthology coming out in November! This project was funded by Arts Council England and includes a film poem, making of video and the book itself. The book includes poems by Giovanni ‘Spoz’ Esposito and Holly Winter-Hughes, as well as poems and prose pieces written by a variety of people involved with Midlands Air Ambulance, including past patients, critical care paramedics, doctors, volunteers and other staff. It celebrates this wonderful organisation, giving us all an insight into the exemplary work that they continue to do.