Echoes of the unheard are the collective voices of a group of women from Teesside, who, over the course of eight weeks, have experienced their lived experience of poverty and social injustice through poetry workshops.
Under the umbrella title ‘Writing truth to power”, the workshops, facilitated by Julie Easley on behalf of Tees Women Poets for the award-winning organisation Thrive Teesside, have allowed for an expression of self in a safe and supportive space. The group are connected by the reality of their lives as a constant struggle to overcome obstacles put in their way by political choices made by those in power. As a result, the poems and stories in this book speak of the smallness of being a silenced citizen in a society that values profit over people.
The book introduces the women first, in their own words, because guess what, ‘poor people’ have names, they bring up loving families, they work, they are disabled and displaced, they are transitioning, and all of them contribute to a society that devalues them.
BOOK LAUNCH COMING SOON.
Our book ‘Echoes of the Unheard’ is due to launch very soon. Keep your eyes out both on our website and our Twitter account for more updates as we look for a venue in Teesside, recommendations welcome!
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO PRE ORDER A COPY-
Get in touch with Corrinna at Corrinaeastwood@thrive-teesside.org.uk.
Writing Truth to Power- Julie Easley Blog
The workshops have definitive aims – to empower those who are powerless and to produce a body of work that reflects their lived experience of that. These women, these resilient, down to earth, extraordinary women, citizens of a country with a political system that devalues and dehumanises them at every opportunity, are using their voices and making their declarations known. They demand to be heard.
The Tees Women Poets aim to create change for and by women of all ages who live or work in the Tees Valley area. They inspire women to come into their full power as leaders and influencers through creative self-expression.