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New community project for Sandwell - Sent on behalf of the Poet Laureate of Wednesbury

Alert message sent 02/02/2018 07:59:00

Information sent on behalf of West Mids Police

Good morning -  we'd like to inform you of an exciting new initiative to share your community’s traditional stories and folk tales in 2018!

We all have stories to tell. Every community or cultural group has favourite and shared stories. Many of these stories appear in various forms amongst different ethnic communities, so we may have tales in common and not realise it!

Take These Words is a project in partnership with Sandwell Adult Family Learning and Sandwell Library Services to bring groups together from across the Borough to share their stories with each other and then to a wider audience in recognition of the rich diversity we enjoy here in Sandwell.

I am looking for participants to celebrate their language and cultural identity in a positive move towards community cohesion. I am sure your group would make a fabulous contribution.

Commitment to the project is as follows:

  • 3-4 participants from each group to include one volunteer chaperone/interpreter per group where appropriate
  • Participants must be above 19 years of age at August 31st 2017
  • Participants to attend 40 hours in writing workshops beginning March 2018
  • To share finished pieces of work in a performance in June 2018

Please note that all events will take place in Sandwell and that travel cannot be claimed for but all sessions will be free of charge

Enrolment is open to non Sandwell residents and proof of identity will be required

If you and your group are interested in this project or you know of others who would like to be a part of it please contact me directly. Dates, venues and further details will be provided upon an initial show of interest to take part.

Please register your expression of interest with a few details of your organisation by return email by Friday 16th February.

Please return any interest directly to - E-Mail:

Thank you

Yours sincerely
Brendan Hawthorne
Poet Laureate of Wednesbury, one of the 100 Masters of the Black Country

Message sent by
Jessica Redmond (Police,Community engagement officer,Sandwell, partnerships)

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