July 13, 2014 by Alex
Park View 4 U today announced they would be celebrating the publication of its community fiction anthology, Lytham Lives: A Community In Writing on Monday 14th July 2014 at a special launch event to be held at Park View 4 U Community Centre.
Through the voices of long-time locals and regular visitors, Lytham Lives describes the rich history and stunning scenery of the vibrant Lancashire coastal town of Lytham, bringing together poetry, memoir and life writing from thirteen contributors and specially commissioned photographic images from local photographer, Ruth Brooks-Carter.
The publication of the book, which is co-edited by Lytham resident and writer, Alexandra O’Toole and JA Brunning, author of The Witherstone Trilogy, marks the end of a ten month research project related to the development of a storytelling festival for Lytham, which was funded by Arts Council England, Lancashire County Council and Fylde Borough Council.
Alexandra O’Toole said, “It’s been a real labour of love, but we’ve created a beautiful book that captures the spirit of Lytham and in bringing these writings and images together we hope to have preserved some of the thoughts, observations and memories of our community for future generations.”
Park View 4 U are now waiting for confirmation of further match funding from Lancashire County Council before they submit a bid to Arts Council England for the second phase of the planned Festival of Stories project.
Cath Powell, Community Development Manager at Park View 4 U said, “All proceeds from sales of Lytham Lives: A Community In Writing will go to Park View 4 U to help us fund future cultural programmes for the local community.”
Hard copies of the book, priced at £10.00 each, will be available to purchase from Park View 4 U Community Centre and from Plackitt and Booth booksellers on Clifton Street, Lytham from 15th July 2014.