Write Here! Kennedy House, Leicestershire

Kennedy House image“There were many reluctant writers in the hostel. However, by leaving the door open, making exercises practical and visual (with some treats on display!), I was able to encourage a lot of residents to join for at least one or two exercises. I really believe this had a positive impact on residents who would previously have thought writing was not for them.” – Mahsuda Snaith, Writer in Residence

Writing East Midlands was commissioned to deliver a writer residency in partnership with Pedestrian Arts in Leicester to coincide with the city hosting the UK Young Artists Festival.

Writer in Residence Mahsuda Snaith and assistant writer Tom Harris worked with 15 residents at Kennedy House, a hostel which provides temporary accommodation for single homeless men and women between the ages of 16 and 60, to develop their creative writing skills, exploring issues related to homelessness. A short film was made about the project which was screened to an audience at the UK Young Artists Festival at which Mahsuda spoke, and can be found HERE.

 

Here’s what people told us:

“The creative writing workshops have helped me to gain more skills to write my own stories.”

“It gives me more to look forward to each week.”