Engaging with people and hearing their stories is a huge part of what we do; we currently have writing commissions with Vicky Foster at Derringham, Lydia Marchant at East Park, and Christina Lewis at Rainbow Gardens, and we’re always sticking our nebs in an interesting word or two… 

We’re supporting National Writing Day because we’re all about people having opportunities to be heard. Sometimes it’s just all about finding a voice and shouting it loud and proud. 

On Wednesday 26 June, students from secondary schools across Hull formed a picket line of poetry. Led by writer Russ Litten and literacy charity First Story and funded by ourselves, the event commemorated a ‘sit-in’ that took place in 1974 as a result of industrial action at the Imperial Typewriters factory.

Typewriter stations were set up around the city, and picketing students visited each location in turn, typing a line of protest poetry at each. The sit-in in 1974 had a strong message to it, and Russ was inspired to create the National Writing Day event in response to this. The workers were protesting the closure of the factory, and the sit-in served to demonstrate the factory’s productivity, whilst prompting talks about creating a workers’ cooperative to continue British typewriter production.

And that’s not all… 

We also brought a LOT of sparkle to story time with the rather fabulous Courtney Shortney up at The Living Room (North Point Shopping Centre) on the 26th. Courtney read kid’s classics from Mog to Superworm on the hour every hour from 10am – 4pm, with children dropping in and out to sit and have a listen.    

We love a good story here at Back to Ours – after all, everyone has one to tell. What’s yours?