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27th Jan, 2022

Free anthologies at Redditch Library to mark UK Poetry Day

FANS of poetry will be able to pick up five different anthologies for free from Redditch Library to mark National Poetry Day.

Visitors will be able to help themselves to these books from the day itself, Thursday, October 7, for one week.

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.

The Word Association is a Worcestershire-based not for profit organisation with a focus on helping marginalised communities to celebrate their stories and get their voices heard.

They achieve this through free therapeutic, creative writing courses, as well as publishing and performance opportunities.

Thanks to the generous support of The National Lottery Community Fund and in partnership with Worcestershire Libraries, their most recent 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 were produced.

During this time, The Word Association 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 and will be available for free.

The cover art on each book showcases the photography from various course participants.

The Word Association provides free courses and writing opportunities all year round. www.the-word-association.com

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