Wednesday 25th October saw the launch of City Voices fourth anthology “Telling Tales” It was a full house at Hanley Library to see our special guest Lisa Blower, local lass and (her words) “go-to writer for working class fiction”, although much of Lisa’s writing is based in gritty realism. We had six readers from City Voices (chosen at random, names out of a hat) to read their stories which were a fine mix of old-fashioned good deeds, pathos, crime, fantasy, humour and a very modern story of a holiday experience that went wrong! Lisa gave us a reading from one of her books and we finished the evening with an interview with Lisa – our own novelist Debbi Voisey standing in for Paxo! (Not true Debbi is much nicer) Lisa obliged the audience with a Q and A session which could have gone on much longer. Canapes were nibbled, wine drunk – and spilt but that’s another story – and book sales of our anthology were brisk. Many thanks yet again to the City Library, Hanley and Emma George - without their support none of this would have been possible.
The Sentinel Newspaper has decreed that City Voices Creative Writers are one of the reasons why Stoke-on-Trent should be awarded the title of UK City of Culture 2021. The reasons they have given reflect our own philosophy of a community creative writing group accessible to everyone. The link to the article (City Voices are at No. 90) is