Voices: Anthology Launch - Mansfield Central Library: Part of Inspire Poetr...

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Mansfield Central Library

Four Seasons Centre

West Gate

Mansfield, Nottinghamshire NG18 1NH

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Join us to celebrate the launch of Voices: the Anthology against the backdrop of the exhibition of the same name at Mansfield Central Library's gallery.

Voices presents a thought-provoking collection of poetry created by people whose voices, for health, social or age-related reasons, are rarely heard, combined with photographs of those involved.

Award-winning poet Ben Norris worked with four very different groups across Nottinghamshire to develop a body of poems that express their emotions, experiences and stories. The four included elderly people living with dementia, adults with learning disabilities, refugees, and people living with or affected by, mental health issues.

The sessions, and individuals involved, were photographed by lens-based artist Ben Harriott. The resulting works were curated into both an inspiring touring exhibition and an anthology.

From a note by the poet, Ben Norris:

“For many of the writers, this was . . . a first introduction to poetry, or a first re-introduction since school, so it was important that above all we had fun, finding joy in language, and accidents of language, and discovering things we might not ordinarily read. For some, English isn’t their first language, which gave rise to wonderful discussions and writing, as we encouraged ourselves to lean into any slipperiness of meaning, and to set up camp in the ambiguities that arose. One of poetry’s defining characteristics, for me, is its bending or breaking of the rules, or entirely redefining what language can and should be for. . .

I would like to thank the participants for their honesty, their bravery, their willingness to try new things, to make themselves vulnerable, and to open their lives to me.”

The exhibition will tour Inspire Libraries between 2019-2020

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Mansfield Central Library

Four Seasons Centre

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Mansfield, Nottinghamshire NG18 1NH

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