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 will form a picket line of poetry. Led by writer Russ Litten and literacy charity First Story and funded by ourselves, the event will commemorate a ‘sit-in’ that took place in 1974 as a result of industrial action at the Imperial Typewriters factory.

Typewriter stations will be set up around the city, and picketing students will visit 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’re also bringing 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 will be reading kid’s classics from Mog to Superworm on the hour every hour from 10am – 4pm, so why not pop up and have a listen? 

AND we’re testing out the keys on our resident typewriter to make a poem of Bransholme, but you won’t see what’s been written before; imagine that old game where you draw a head and then fold the paper over, passing it on to someone else to draw the body, then the legs, all without anyone seeing what’s been drawn before. Well it’s a bit like that, but with words…   

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