The summer holidays did not diminish our numbers or our enthusiasm for sharing our work. We began with a big catch up of all the activities members had taken part in since we last met in June, including Celebrating Sancturay, Kings Heath Kharnival and The Color Purple.
We then went on to the most enjoyable part of the meeting, sharing our writing. As usual it was varied, moving and amusing.
Some of our members then went to take part in the Jamaican Independence Festival in Victoria Square, where we were joined by Sue Brown and Ita Gooden.
WWB AT KHARNIVAL on 20th July 2019
As advertised, it was indeed an afternoon of music, food, storytelling, workshops and of course poetry at this year’s KHARNIVAL event held at Highbury Park, Moseley on Saturday 20th July 2019- the 3rd in the series of the yearly event. Just like on the previous editions, Writers Without Borders was once again invited to participate and some of its members- Fiona Wallace, Sayyara Syed, Femi Abidogun, Ann Dolan and Hamida Hanif were on hand to be a part of it all.
Although the early rains on the day seemed like it might interfere, this soon gave way to a bright sunny afternoon. Thankfully, this fine weather continued till the close of the event.
Perched under a tent in a corner of Highbury Park grounds, the writers present shared some of their writings at the drop in session taking turns.
The WWB session ended later in the day with WWB members and the few guests who attended leaving with a feeling of an afternoon well-spent.
Our annual July outing found us at the Hippodrome in Birmingham to see the highly acclaimed ‘The Color Purple’ The Musical on Thursday 18th July. We all agreed it was an outstanding performance. We were not the only ones who thought so… the performance received a standing ovation from the audience.
Four members of WWB opened the Celebrating Sanctuary event at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery on 20th June. Predencia, Ann, Martin and Lorraine shared pieces around the issue of refugees. Despite the difficulty with the microphone they were well received.
The event also included some fantastic African musicians and singers. It’s a joy to take part in these events. And lovely to see Ahmed Magrae and Viv Yates there too.
It was yet another wonderful gathering of members of Writers Without Borders at our June meeting on Saturday 1st June, 2019. The meeting was chaired by core group member Shabraz Ahmed, Members were reminded of a number of events in June and July in which members are participating, including Celebrating Sanctuary on 20th June at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and Kharnival in Kings Heath on 20th July.
Members scheduled to perform during these events had an opportunity to rehearse their pieces and receive feedback from the group.
There were twenty of us including a few ‘guests’ attending WWB for the first time.
Another highlight of the meeting was a writing exercise where we wrote about inspirational objects brought in by members. There were some exceedingly strong pieces produced in the 20 minutes of the exercise. All in all, it was another summer afternoon well-spent.
Fiona did a great job of chairing our first meeting without Sue while she takes her sabbatical. After the usual housekeeping we paid tributes to Barbara Peterson who sadly passed away last week. Martin and Fiona read from her work which demonstrated her ability to write both seriously and humourously. Some of it had us laughing out loud.
We also paid tribute to Andrea Levy who has also sadly left this world. Predencia read from her recently dramatised The Long Song.
We then heard from members who shared their work which was, as ever, moving and engaging.
It was truly an amazing night. Old members, some who have been there from the start, new members, some who have only been with us a few months, and everywhere in between. There was music, there was amazing poetry, there were speeches and reminiscences, there was cake, there was drink, there was joy, there was happiness, and did I mention that there was music… well into the night. As one member commented ‘this is one of the highlights of my year’. It was one of mine too.
Some other picture of the night
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