It is fair to say that in many ways 2016 has been a tumultuous year at City voices, but then we are a group of creative people so maybe that's the way of it! There have been ups and downs and some radical changes in this our 10th anniversary year, but the "ups" have it! City Voices has emerged stronger, more creative and more positive than ever before. From this has risen a suitably diverse collection of poems on the theme of Connections. Our patron Deborah McAndew, actor, playwrite and Creative Director of Claybody Theatre has kindly written the following foreword.
Only connect! ….Only connect the prose and the passion, and both will be exalted, and human love will be seen at its height
This quote from Howard’s End by E M Forster rings out like a rallying cry across the century since it was first written. Connection is the keystone of all art forms, which chronicle the obvious links between people and people, people and things, people and places; and the more obscure connections – as if the artist has wandered down a half-hidden, long-forgotten pathway in their imagination to see where it leads.
The title of this collection of poems is as open as the human mind is capable of being, and the City Voices of Stoke on Trent have responded with a rich and eclectic offering of work. It is a terrific testament to the diversity of people and interests in the group. Enjoy.