We are developing a model with self-expression through stories and creative writing at its heart: a powerful tool for community building and supporting marginalised groups. The communities we work with have a role in designing how they use creative expression through words and what they want to learn and produce. Our initial phase focuses on three places in our region: Exeter, Torbay and Plymouth. There, we are developing a model, which we can locate in other priority places around the South West in coming years.

We began this work through the Quay Words live literature programme in Exeter: There, we have created community writing courses in partnership with Resilient Women,Interwoven Production CIC and Headway Devon.

‘The women have absolutely loved it. We really appreciate the funding that led to this opportunity too so thank you … To be able to participate in such quality creative experiences is just so fantastic’ Jeanie, Resilient Women Programme Manager.

We secured funding to work in 2022 with community groups in Plymouth and in Torbay. In Plymouth we are delivering in partnership with participatory arts experts, Take A Part. Our next step together will be to facilitate a creative writing issue of the Echoes from Coxside community newspaper, which Literature Works first supported through our Annual Fund in 2020. In Torbay, we recruited two local practitioners who are working across a range of organisations which support people and groups in recovery.