An Exhibition of Lytham Lives

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I’m thrilled to announce that a brand new exhibition is being created around the recently published, Lytham Lives: A Community In Writing. The four week exhibition, which will take place in March 2015 at Lytham Heritage Centre, is being created by Lytham Heritage Group in conjunction with myself and the publishers of the book, Park View 4 U.

The exhibition, which will be FREE to attend, will provide a different context to the writings included in the book as well as a new way of engaging with the town’s history.

In addition to large scale reproductions of the book’s contents, the exhibition will also feature personal photographs, documents and artefacts from the book’s contributors, as well as new images from the book’s photographer, Ruth Brooks-Carter and a cornucopia of materials from the Lytham Heritage archive, including maps, sketches, letters, press cuttings, school reports, toys and other tactile items relevant to each piece of writing, all illustrating the richness of life in Lytham across the years.

Throughout the exhibition, some of the book’s contributors and editors will be on hand to answer any questions and to provide further context to the writings included in the book. A programme of creative writing workshops for local school children will also be held to generate new writing, which will be added to the exhibition as produced, allowing further comparison between Lythamers past and present.

I’ll post up more specific details nearer the time, but if you’d like to read the book before visiting the exhibition next Spring, hard copies of Lytham Lives are available directly from Park View 4 U Community Centre and Plackitt and Booth booksellers in Lytham, or online as a hard copy or an e-book from Amazon and CreateSpace. Copies of Lytham Lives will also be available to purchase from the Lytham Heritage Centre during and after the exhibition, priced £10. All proceeds from sales made at Lytham Heritage will be shared between Lytham Heritage Group, to help fund the group’s future heritage activities in Lytham, and Park View 4 U, to help fund future cultural projects for the Lytham community.

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Lytham Lives

Lytham Lives

Earlier this year I co-edited an anthology of community writing called Lytham Lives with author, JA Brunning, as part of a new storytelling project I’ve been developing with community development organisation, Park View 4 U.

Through the voices of long-time locals and regular visitors, Lytham Lives describes the rich history and stunning scenery of the vibrant Lancashire coastal town of Lytham, bringing together poetry, memoir and life writing from thirteen contributors and specially commissioned photographic images from local photographer, Ruth Brooks-Carter.

I’m very pleased to announce that it has now been published and you can purchase a paperback copy of the book via CreateSpace or Amazon. You can also purchase an e-book version from Amazon. Better still, take a trip to Lytham and buy a copy from Park View 4 U or Lytham’s independent bookshop, Plackitt and Booth Booksellers.

All proceeds from sales of Lytham Lives: A Community In Writing will go to Park View 4 U to help fund future cultural programmes for the local community of Lytham.

In addition, an exhibition of the images which appear in the book, as well as a host of others which were taken by Ruth Brooks-Carter as part of the Lytham Lives Project, is running until the end of August 2014 at Park View 4 U Community Centre in Lytham. All of the images in the exhibition are for sale as either framed or mounted prints and can be ordered directly from Ruth via her blog or via ruth@brooks-carter.co.uk