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Membership is open to anyone who lives in Yorkshire and can demonstrate a serious interest in writing scripts and plays. Read-Write-York, the new literature development project for the City of York, has been setting up a range of programmes over the past few months, including a screenplay writing scheme involving Year 10 students from Lowfield School, Acomb, York.

The eight-week programme has been led by York-based artist, writer and college lecturer, James Rose, with the students being encouraged to think about the writing processes that provide a startingpoint for the production of films. Based at City Screen and York Central Library, the project culminated with the students being offered the chance to put pen to paper and to write their own short film scenes. Alongside this, a series of creative writing workshops have been taking place in Askham Grange prison, Building Inspection Prices on the outskirts of York.

These workshops have been led by the poet, critic and York resident Jack Mapanje who was imprisoned without trial in his native Malawi under the regime of Dr Banda. Read-Write-York is hoping that these workshops will form part of a longer and more sustained programme of creative writing work in the prison library. The city’s libraries have also been working on their reader development programme, with special events taking place at both Tang Hall and Haxby libraries.

A special readers day was held at Tang Hall on Friday 7 February, featuring appearances from poet Pat Borthwick and storyteller Mark Barnes. The day was designed to raise the profile of the library and its services in the Tang Hall area of the city and also featured text-based workshops from community artists. This was followed by the launch of the Haxby Library book-chain on Thursday 13 February – an event which included a special talk by York-based author, Tony Morris.

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