Photos from events by The Word Association

The Word Association bring funded writing workshops and opportunities in publishing and performance to underrepresented groups. Their work focuses on giving voice to marginalised and underrepresented communities through the power of their own stories by publishing anthologies of workshop participants’ work and distribute them for free at Pride events, literature festivals and throughout Worcestershire Libraries for National Poetry Day, National Coming Out Day and World Mental Health Day.

The upcoming months are packed with inspiring events and activities that will captivate your imagination and creative spirit. From art and literature to poetry and mindfulness, there is something for everyone. Explore the diverse range of events happening in July and August, and mark your calendars for an unforgettable summer experience.

Don’t miss out on the array of engaging events and activities happening in Worcester and beyond this July and August. Immerse yourself in art, literature, and poetry while connecting with like-minded individuals. Whether you’re a budding writer, a poetry enthusiast, or simply looking for a creative outlet, these events are bound to inspire and uplift your spirits. Explore the event details on the provided website, book your tickets, and get ready to embark on an unforgettable journey of artistic exploration and self-expression.

History in the Making: Telling Worcester’s Stories

Ongoing throughout July and August
Sugar Daddy’s, The Hive, and The Cathedral Undercroft

Join Oly Bliss, Gerard Winter-Hughes, and Holly Winter-Hughes in a 10-month program that uses art, literature, photography, and zine making to narrate Worcester’s rich history. Engage with these regular funded sessions to immerse yourself in captivating storytelling.

Write About Now: Moving Mindfully, Inspiring Writing

Sunday, July 8th & Sunday, August 13th, 10am onwards
The Hive Café, Worcester

Embark on gentle guided walks followed by writing sessions led by Dr. Tanya Carpenter and Holly Winter-Hughes. These monthly gatherings encourage mindful movement and inspire the art of writing. Don’t miss this opportunity to explore the beauty of Worcester while unleashing your creativity.

PRISM LGBTQ+ Writers’ Group Anthology Book Launch

Saturday, July 15th, 6.30-8pm
DeCrypt, Gloucester

Celebrate the launch of the first anthology from the PRISM LGBTQ+ writers’ group. Immerse yourself in an evening of literary excellence as talented writers showcase their work. Join the vibrant community and support this inclusive event.

Speak Your Mind Poetry Night: Jemima Hughes and Maria Tee + Open Mic

Wednesday, August 2nd, 6.30pm onwards
The Old Needleworks, Redditch

Be part of the monthly Speak Your Mind poetry night featuring Jemima Hughes and Maria Tee. Witness their mesmerizing performances and enjoy an open mic session where you can showcase your own poetic talent. Keep an eye on social media channels or Eventbrite for ticket releases.

Creative Workshops for LGBTQ+ Youth

Wednesdays, August 2nd & August 23rd, 11.30am-5.30pm
The Hive, Worcester
Collaborating with Malvern Cube Youth Projects, The Hive presents creative workshops for LGBTQ+ youth aged 10-18. Engage in poetry, art, writing, and zine making under the guidance of Oly, Holly, and Gez. Plus, enjoy free food at Sugar Daddy’s while exploring your artistic potential.

Poetry at Malvern Pride

Saturday, July 29th, throughout the day
Priory Park, Great Malvern

Join the spoken word tent organized by the Standing Proud group in collaboration with Out2gether at Malvern Pride. Show your support for LGBTQ+ artists and immerse yourself in a day of poetry, celebration, and solidarity.

Month of Poetry Charity Fundraiser for Behind the Smile

Throughout August
Online, with a poetry night on Friday, August 25th (venue TBC)

Support the Worcestershire charity Behind the Smile by participating in the Month of Poetry fundraiser. Receive daily writing prompts via email throughout August and challenge yourself to write a poem a day. Conclude the month with a captivating spoken word/poetry night in Worcester City. All proceeds go towards supporting mental health peer support groups and those bereaved by suicide.

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