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Bexleyheath Central Library to host creative writing workshops with author Laila Sumpton for London-wide initiative

PUBLISHED: 09:53 19 May 2017

Laila Sumpton

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City of Stories aims to get people writing their own tales

Bexleyheath Central Library is taking part in a London-wide creative project aimed at inspiring people to take up writing.

The library will host two creative writing workshops, for City of Stories, led by the writer and poet Laila Sumpton, and hopes that visitors will “get writing, whether you write stories already, or are just starting.”

Ms Sumpton is a member of the Keats House Poetry Forum, a collective of London-based poets supported by Keats House in Hampstead who work on poetry projects. She co-edited In Protest- 150 poems for Human Rights, a anthology of global poetry collated by the Keats House Poets and the University of London’s Human Rights Consortium.

She performs her poetry and organises events and workshops at universites, festivals, and heritage sites - using poetry and the arts to campaign for human rights and bring people together.

The workshops are open to adults aged 18 and over and will be held on: June 22 from 2.30pm - 4.30pm, and June 29 from 2.30pm - 4.30pm.

Visitors can attend both sessions, or just pick one.

People who attend are eligible to enter a short story competition. The best short story writer will be invited to attend a full-day writing masterclass and have their story published in the City of Stories booklet.

Tickets are free but must be booked in advance at cityofstoriesbexley.eventbrite.co.uk

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