Write Here: Where I`m Calling From - Book Launch

  • This PAST event happened on: Fri, Apr 1, 2022

  • Venue:Leicester Guildhall, 7 St Martins House, Peacock Lane, Leicester, LE1 5PZ
  • Time:4.30pm
  • Cost:Free
  • Main Contact:Lydia Towsey
  • Web Address:https://writingeastmidlands.co.uk/product/where-im-calling-from-book-for-sale-copy/

  • WRITE HERE: WHERE I'M CALLING FROM  is an exciting new publication from Writing East Midlands' Elder Tree project and WORD! The new anthology curates the work of 25 talented writers and artists and celebrates the elders in our lives in a compelling, intergenerational way.

    The book has been edited and curated by writer and performer, Lydia Towsey and features artwork created in collaboration with the artist, Scott Bridgwood. At its forthcoming launch, the authors will read from the book supported by a live soundscape, courtesy of WORD! Associate Artist, Mellow Baku. The event will also be supported by magic as Elder Tree author, John Constantinou (turned John Constantine, magician extraordinaire by late afternoon/early evening) - circulates to astound.

    We'll be lighting the big fire in the Great Hall and serving up treats in the Mayor's Parlour. Come! We'd love to share the work, meet you and/or catch up and celebrate together. Drop a line to [email protected] to register interest.

    For more info about the book, see here: https://bit.ly/3l7wdpC


    "The call, the advice and the summery day
    The laundry is nice and the Angel's OK
    Some Leicester investors
    in wording away."

    - John Hegley

    "The artwork is amazing and the concept and theme behind the book is profound and apt for these times."

    - Roy McFarlane

    "The poems and drawings in this book are revolutionaries. They make things happen out of nothing. They rescue stories from the fire. We hope you enjoy them, wherever you are."

    - Lydia Towsey


    As an NHS supported organisation we will strive to ensure all of our IRL events are operating in most covid-safe ways possible. In order to ensure the greatest possible safety of all attendees, we respectfully ask that if able to attend, you are:

    • Double or Triple Covid vaccinated
    • Happy to use hand-sanitiser on entry
    • Preferably able to take a lateral flow Covid test prior to attending.
    • Facemasks will be available and their use encouraged.
    With love and thanks for your support 


    The Elder Tree project is produced and led by Writing East Midlands, funded by The Baring Foundation and Arts Council England and has been taking place across the East Midlands region for the last three years. Write Here: Where I'm Calling From, has arisen from the project’s final residency, staged online during the Covid-19 pandemic. Sessions were led by Lydia Towsey - Leicester Elder Tree residencies co-producer and Where I'm Calling From anthology editor, and assisted by Sabrina Mei-Li Smith. The book's residency focused on Leicester and Leicestershire writers and was partnered and additionally funded and supported by Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, WORD!, BrightSparks and University of Leicester’s U.Matter initiative.

    Sales from this book will directly benefit the writers who have created it and help make further sessions happen. Drop a line to publisher, Word Poetry [email protected] if you’d like to get involved.