Oxfam Jesmond hosts literary workshop

A writers workshop in aid of Oxfam Books and Music Jesmond and will be held at Cafe 1901 this Thursday 19th July at 6pm. The author of ‘Strange Music’ and ‘Flight of Black Swans’, Dr Laura Fish, will be on hand to inspire, listen to and advise budding authors.

Photograph by Jasoon, Under a Creative Commons licence.

The event follows an open-mic poetry night hosted by poet Will Sebag-Montefiore at the Cumberland Arms and aims to encourage local people to develop their creative skills.

The events are part of Oxfam’s annual book festival which celebrates the vital role that books play in our daily lives. It focuses on the impact that a single book can have on the lives of those living in poverty.

Oxfam Bookfest is also an opportunity for people to donate unwanted books in order to support the charity’s committed humanitarian work.

Events volunteer Amelia Wareing told JesmondLocal: “Here at Oxfam we’re really grateful for the generosity of the people who donate items to us. They help to raise valuable funds for Oxfam’s vital work. We hope the people of Jesmond will continue to support us by enjoying the events we’ve organised.

“It is important for Oxfam Jesmond to be a part of the community.”

As a result of the recent floods, Oxfam Jesmond lost a significant amount of stock and had to repair damages leading to additional expenses.

“It is more important than ever to support Oxfam Jesmond,” said Wareing.

Those attending the events are encouraged to bring along unwanted books to donate to the shop.

Entrance fee is £1 and places can be reserved by contacting Oxfam Books & Music shop Jesmond on 0191 2818383 or by emailing a.wareing@ncl.ac.uk