Imaginative Neighbourhoods - Beaumont Leys
Our writer in residence in Beaumont Leys is Jayne Williams.
"I am excited to be working with children, young people, families and adults right across the Beaumont Leys area to create and capture stories with little people and record tales with taller ones, to gather us all together. Through stories we will explore identity and citizenship to celebrate community cohesion by communicating our shared experiences. Some will be collated in print, others as monologues and pop up pieces of live performance throughout 2016"
Current activities in Beaumont Leys:
Tales for Toddlers
Jayne is writing a story each month for Toddler Time at Beaumont Leys Library and families at SureStart. Parents and Carers can take away copies to read at home. Toddler Time is free and is on Thursdays from 10am at Beaumont Leys Library.
Weekly drama and creative activities for children and young people across Beaumont Leys, in partnership with Ur Choice Young People's Project. For ages 8+ to make new friends, explore characters, themes and scenes to build a play to be performed at the end of the ten weeks.
Currently at at Beaumont Leys Library, on Wednesdays 4-6pm
The Writing Group for Adults
The writing group for adults meet on alternate Tuesday mornings in the library. If you'd like to join, please email email@example.com
Throughout 2016 Jayne was out and about scooping up stories that offered a snapshot into the lives of those living in Beaumont Leys. They were recorded for a Massive Memoir, as part of the Everybody's Reading Festival in October. Artist Bob Moulder designed 8 exciting new book covers that are now the audio books, enabling you to listen to all of the stories by plugging in some headphones.
My Beaumont Leys
My Beaumont Leys writing project:
Do you have a story to share about Beaumont Leys? This is your opportunity to be as imaginative as you like and tell us all about where you live, no matter of your age or writing style. Maybe you'll create a comic, write a poem or some prose. Will you consider Beaumont Leys as a person with thoughts and feelings and write a diary entry? It could be your next meal, if so what would be on your dinner plate? How about writing travel tips in the style of a trip advisor blog or as a shopping list?
The possibilities are endless and you've got until Saturday 18 March to finish and submit your piece of creative writing. All of the work will then be made into a My Beaumont Leys book which will be available to read and enjoy in the library.
Entries can be emailed to Jayne handed in at Beaumont Leys library or submitted here. Any entries submitted before the 18th March will be displayed in the library as part of the Beaumont Leys Big Celebration. Some of you may even be invited to read your entry on the day.
Beaumont Leys Big Celebration
Saturday 18 March at Beaumont Leys Library
Residents of Beaumont Leys - past and present are invited to come together and celebrate everything that's great about the coimmunity, with Live Music, Brass Bands, Spoken Word, Performances, Poetry, Visual Art Exhibitions, stalls from the local community and free food.
There are plenty of ways to get involved in the event, you could write, draw, bake, build, make or create something that tells the story of where you live. There's even the chance to perform so maybe you could sing, rap, do some spoken word or perform your My Beaumont Leys story. Please contact Jayne if you'd like to perform or participate in the event.
Drop in and see me at the library
or call: 0116 299 5460