Three “City Voices” writers have proved that it is never too late to publish that cherished piece or pieces of work that have been on the back boiler simmering away for far too long.
Anita Oxford joined City Voices in 2012 and after years of nagging, sorry encouragement, from Chair Alan Barnett has finally published a book of children’s stories entitled “Once upon a Time” - 60 years after she wrote them! Anita spent much of her working life with children and young people. She has a great-nephew Ziggy who is two years old, and another great-nephew Alfred who is eight months old and a great-niece Edith, so the book is dedicated to them.
Paul Williamson, who actually founded City Voices in 2006, had a personal wish come true in January 2016 when his play “Heroes of Sneyd” - The Vigil was performed at the mining disaster's memorial service on New Year’s Day. Paul had written the play some years ago and it was very dear to his heart, but it was only after he selected a cast from City Voices group members to read the play, that he was persuaded that it should be performed. Now it has been filmed and is available on DVD.
By way of contrast, Barry Ashley is a fairly recent member of City Voices. He too had been sitting on a collection of writing (this time poetry) written over the years but never published. Whatever the trigger, Barry decided that the time had come and now his intensely personal book of poetry “Baz, Me Myself and Him” is available for purchase with all profits going to charity.
Local Newspaper The Sentinel has picked up on all three of these amazing stories of written gems, hidden away. Now they are "out of the closet" at last!
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