Sunday, 3 July 2011

In Pontefract

Yorkshire author shares his words

TALK about a captive audience, but by all accounts the residents of a supported living scheme in Pontefract enjoyed the attention, when a local writers’ group chose the place for a launch event for its latest book.

‘Ponte-fact and fiction’ is the Write On Group’s fifth book. Local author Ian Clayton joined members of the group to presents stories from the book to residents at Halberg House, where the group has been meeting every other Friday for 20 years.

“There are some facts within the book that I think some people would be shocked to read about," said Alice Hepworth, founder of the group. “It’s nice to be able to interact with everyone regardless of impairments or background. It’s different actually reading extracts to people; it’s not like watching TV, it’s live and Ian Clayton is a celebrity to these residents. It also adds a sense of community and gives us a chance to bring people together.”

Ian Clayton added: “It’s good to do these types of presentations and be able to interact with residents. No one writes for the waste paper basket and I really enjoy telling stories, I think it enlivens people’s minds.”


Category: Writing Life



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