Absolutely thrilled to be sharing the news I’ve been keeping under wraps for a while. You all know I’m devoted to my writing group which has been the breeding ground (is that the word?) for all kinds of successes over the years , some of which are celebrated in last week’s post.
But last year, around this time, we decided it was time to have a group project and set ourselves the task of creating at least one new piece of work each and looking at ways to make it as widely available as possible. One bright spark noticed that there was a big anniversary looming for our much-loved local library, and so Unchained was born, a collection of poetry and fiction by Bristol Women Writers, taking Bristol Central Library and libraries in general as a creative springboard. Well we all put our heads down and ten months and some rigorous editing later, the result is an amazingly diverse collection.
Thanks to some existing contacts and a readiness to make more, we have also found some great partners to take our work out into the world. The anthology has an introduction by our friend and fellow writer Tania Hershman, is published by local publisher Tangent (we just love their cover design) and will be officially launched on October 23rd at the Bristol Festival of Literature. At the same time we’ve launching our own website where you can follow the progress of the group and of Unchained.
We have all been working like mad to make this happen, and so it really is great to see our baby out in the world at last. Do visit our blog to follow our progress and see what we’re talking about. This week it’s writing groups. What’s yours called, what does it do? Looking forward to seeing you over there and maybe at our launch party too.
Let us know if you can make it!