Release Date: 01/01/1980
Residents invited to create local anthology about Barnes
Budding writers in Barnes are invited to take part in a new innovative community project that will capture the spirit, identity and culture of the area through the creation of a local anthology.
Run by Richmond Council’s Arts Service, the ‘Dear Barnes’ project will be a book written entirely by local people. Residents are invited to write their memories, stories or observations of the area, but only by hand. Any style of writing is welcome, including poetry, stories, letters or monologues. The only criteria is that it must be about Barnes.
To kick start the project, the Arts Team are inviting residents to attend a ‘Literary Trail’ event through Barnes High Street on the 18 December, with special events being held at the Old Sorting Office, Rose House and Barnes Bookshop.
The Dear Barnes project is possible thanks to funding from the Mayor’s Outer London Fund.
Cllr Pamela Fleming, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Community, Business and Culture, said, “This is another very exciting arts and cultural project happening this winter. Following on from the launch of The Emporium Artist in Resident project in Whitton, the Literary Salon in Twickenham – the Dear Barnes anthology will help residents explore their artistic side whilst celebrating the area in which they live.
“In the recent All in One survey, over 95% of residents in Barnes said they were happy about the local area, particularly the parks and open spaces, the village feel, friendliness and community spirit of the area, the river and local shops. This is your opportunity to document your thoughts about the local area for all to see, sharing your stories and passion for Barnes. “
The Literary Trail will be from 12-4pm on Barnes High Street. Poet and DJ Charlie Dark will be working with children at the Barnes Old Sorting Office, helping them write individual stories and memories.
Rose House will be home for the day to poet in residence Hannah Walker, who will welcome visitors for drop in poetry sessions.
Rachel Newsome will be based at The Barnes Bookshop creating a giant collective community poem.
For more information see the Dear Barnes Project, go to: www.richmondliterature.com or call 020 8831 6000.
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