Award-winning authors support Bury’s writing initiative

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A new writing initiative is launched to help young people find their creative voice and tell their stories.

Driven by “working-class kids who have carved out creative careers for themselves,” the initiative aims to expand opportunities.

The Radcliffe-based Pigeons and Doves program has aimed its creative writing academy at Radcliffe and Bury ages 7 to 18 and brings together Bury’s Arts Organisation, Curated Place and Bury Libraries.

Pigeons and Doves director Lisa Hart said: “It is crucial that creative opportunities are taken away from institutions and children to where they live, learn and feel comfortable.

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“All of us behind Pigeons and Doves are working class kids who have made creative careers, we want to support a new generation of young talent from diverse backgrounds to start a lifelong creative journey, become better learners independent and feel confident to tell their stories. ”

With sessions led by Bury’s creative professionals, including Prestwich’s award-winning young adult writer Cynthia Murphy, youngsters can attend author and playwright masterclasses; 1:1 support for participants; mentorship and support for creative careers.

Read more: Prestwich’s Cynthia Murphy wins Lancashire Book of the Year 2022

Other guests include NorthBound Book winner Adam Farrer and award-winning storytellers Yan Tan Tethera, with more to come during the fall.

Cllr Richard Gold, Cabinet Member for Finance and Communities, said: “It’s great to see young people coming together and taking advantage of local programs to help them improve their writing skills and pursue a creative passion.

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“I am delighted that Radcliffe, Prestwich and Bury Libraries are able to support such a wonderful program working alongside the wonderful team at Pigeons and Doves.

“Helping young people hone and explore their passions helps enrich their lives and the community around them, and I wish all of our young writers the best for their future and urge anyone interested to get involved.”

Launched in the summer of 2022, Pigeons et Colombes has already welcomed more than 150 young people through its doors, offering young people a way to express themselves without exams or assessments.

Led by teacher and writer Lisa Hart, the program is said to be Curated Place and Bury Libraries’ response to the multi-layered impacts of Covid that have taken away years of experience from young people.

The program prioritizes neighborhoods in Bury with the highest multiple deprivation indices and aims to connect communities through partnerships with local schools, teachers, cultural institutions and teaching artists.

Pigeons and Doves said that over the next three years they would like to have built a thriving youth writing community in Radcliffe and acquired a physical home for Pigeons & Doves which underpins the redevelopment of the town and cements the voice authentic to the place.

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