Creative group has the write stuff for literature festival

A group of
creative writers will take to the stage for a moving performance of their own
stories, plays and poems during a prestigious literature festival.

Writers from
Leeds City Council’s Osmondthorpe Hub, a wellbeing and networking service for
disabled people, have teamed up with the Headingley Heart Centre to put together
a series of projects, all based around the theme of survival.

Working with
tutors Alison Taft and Maria Preston, the Osmondthorpe group created pieces
that look at what survival means to them.

Now they will
get the chance to perform their work at this weekend’s Ilkley Literature

Part of Leeds City Council’s adult
social care, the Osmondthorpe Hub has been supporting people who have a
physical impairment or head injury for almost 25 years.

David Fletcher, senior support worker
at the Osmondthorpe Hub,

“This has
been a hugely rewarding and unique opportunity for members of the group to work
with some talented tutors and explore a theme that has really resonated with
them all in many different ways.

“The results have been a poignant
reminder of the barriers that many of the writers have to overcome in order to
write and perform their work and it’s a real honour for them to get the chance
to perform at such a prestigious and popular event.”

The group
will be performing at Church House in Ilkley on Saturday, October 18 between
7.30pm and 8.30pm.

And this won’t be
the first time the hub has put on show this year.

In June, members of the centre’s drama
group performed their Victorian murder mystery play Posies for the Paupers at
the Thackray Medical museum after months of preparation.

And last year they put on a successful
production of ghost story Sarkless Kitty at the Rydale Folk Museum in
North Yorkshire.

Councillor Adam Ogilvie,
Leeds City Council’s executive member for adult social care
, said:

“The Osmondthrope Hub has a great
reputation in Leeds as a place that really encourages creativity and
imagination and appearing at such a high-profile event will be a huge boost for
everyone involved in the group.

“It will also be a wonderful example
for people attending the festival of just what disabled people can accomplish
and how inspiring and inventive they can be.”

Last year the centre won a National
Workers' Educational Association (WEA) award to recognise the difference they
have made to people in the local community.


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