Ten years of the Somewhere Else Writers Group was celebrated this week with the launch of our anthology ‘Off The Wall’ at Fairford Library. The anthology is the culmination of months of work and includes QR codes linking to recordings of the authors reading their poems and short stories – along with explanations of the inspiration behind them. The 140 pages also include personal profiles of each of the writers explaining what motivates them to write. Profits will go to the RNIB ( Royal National Institute of Blind People).
The launch included live readings of work by six contributors. Iris Anne Lewis, who was the group’s first-ever chair, spoke about its origins, and Selwyn Morgan described the mechanics of creating the anthology. Among the guests was Rona Laycock, at whose creative writing classes the founder members met. The group was also very pleased to welcome members of the Fairford U3A creative writing group and to hear about their anthology plans. ‘Off the Wall’ will feature at the Fairford Literature Festival this Saturday.