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Jason Wingard and Martin Stannage will be working at Withington Library with the tech-savvy young people of Ladybarn Community Centre’s Youth Motivation project. The YMP provides information and advice, and supports young people to gain new skills and build confidence and self-esteem. They will work with objects, props and characters from the First World War, and visit the Imperial War Museum to develop their own personal responses and to create a digital art work with spoken word and poetry. Members of Heathcliff House Committee Group will come together at Newton Heath Library and will also visit and explore the Imperial war Museum North and it’s collections. They will watch the Museum’s ‘Big Picture Show’ which uses surround sound, projected digital moving images and photographs, to bring to life people’s experiences of war in a very moving sensory experience which is totally involving. From this they will develop their own responses and ideas to create a new work with Martin and Jason.

Manchester

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Salford

Ordsall Library and Pendleton Gateway Library. Andy Farrell- Readman and Mat Johns will be working with the ‘Orlsorts’ group, who do creative writing, song writing, filmmaking and all sorts of madness! It's a very friendly group and everyone's welcome to join. Its run by Ordsall Trust who run training projects for local people. They will also work with the Salford Forum for Refugees and People Seeking Asylum, a network bringing refugees and asylum seekers together and providing a voice and support. Andy and Mat propose to develop a "Sentence,” "because the wars we have endured since 1914 have been just that.  When the empires collapsed and democracy attempts to take hold, millions upon millions are killed.  Yet we have not learnt our lesson from history.  100 years of war.  100 yrs of widowhood and loss. "Sentence" is intended to weave all the voices in to one sentence:  Those who agree and those who don't. The loss, the bitterness, the indifferent and apathetic, the comic and the tragic.  Sentence will be a recording of where we are now.

Salford

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Stockport

Stockport Libraries, including Offerton Library, will be working with Maya Chowdhry and Seni Seneviratne to uncover the lost and forgotten stories of war. What gets lost in war? Truth, justice, battles? People, families and memories? How do we tell the hidden stories and commemorate what has been lost? The proposal ‘ Lost’ will include research into local and family histories. The artists and participants will work with clay to create tactile responses- mementoes out of the mud of war- that will make an alternative monument to the lost and forgotten stories.

Stockport

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Trafford

Trafford Libraries will explore the theme of peace and conscientious objection to create ‘Requiem’ with Janet Wolstenholme and Caro Inglis. Standing apart from the crowd- how hard it is to do this sometimes? We can all think of times when we haven’t spoken up against the majority, or said what we believe in. Standing up for something is hard when you can feel isolated and vulnerable- standing alone takes confidence. Defying authority, your employer, your family, your peer group, is not easy. If you do stand against something it can cause conflict, rocking the boat can feel very difficult , does it sometimes cause more problems than it solves? Workshops at Old Trafford Library will see members from BluSci creating and recording their own poetry and music The stories we gather will explore participant’s own individual experiences and their responses to the theme of conscientious objectors. At Partington Library, local people will create hand made paper, and then use printing techniques, mixed media and collage to create an art work. Both artists will work together to create a spoken word piece, to be performed around the hand-crafted art work.

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