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One World, Different Cultures

September 17, 2010
Cover for Book about Womens Voices

Different Cultures One World

Book Launch

History will be made. Various people from around the world and organisations from Yorkshire will gather for the launch of a new book. This celebrates the achievements and experiences of a diverse group of women living in South Yorkshire.

“One World. Different Cultures. Women’s Voices from South Yorkshire” will be published as part of the “Off the Shelf” annual writing and reading festival.

The launch of our new book and webpage of poems, stories and other pieces (such as recipes for a better world) will take place at the Quaker Meeting House in Sheffield, 11th October 2010 at 1.00pm to 2.30pm.

This work was collected together through writing workshops with the poet RiverWolton. The project is part funded by DfID, The Helen Tetlow Memorial Fund, Northern Refugee Centre, Northern College and Sheffield City of Sanctuary. Copies of ‘Women’s Voices’ will be on sale at a special festival price. The proceeds from the sale of the book will go towards the support of the DEWA Project.

This event is free but booking is advisable.

Please email: pdaniel@northern.ac.uk to book.

Now we’ve started writing, we can’t stop!

September 17, 2010

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Women have many hidden skills and experiences that should be shared with the world, and this project is our way of providing women in South Yorkshire with that chance. (For the background/history of this project please see our Women’s Voices page).

We asked River Wolton, the poet laureate of Derbyshire, to run three creative writing workshops for us to add to the material we already had. Some participants thought that they didn’t have any creativity in them, that they didn’t have the skills to express their voices. During the workshops, River proved to us that we already had those skills and helped us to develop them even further. This gave us voice. Once we started writing, we didn’t know if we could stop! The words just came rolling in and, before we knew it, our book was taking shape and we had more stories and poems than we thought possible!

We had no idea how emotional the workshops would be – in the space of one minute we felt scared, sad, angry, excited and happy. As a group, the process was very healing for us. Although we had to confront some difficult emotions, we felt that through our writing we had overcome and released these feelings. We had found freedom!

Why do we need webskills?

September 17, 2010

 

Group webskills courseThe term web skills bombarded  my mind with questions. The first question that came to my mind was ‘what skills do we need to interact on the web?’ It’s as easy as learning your ABC, I thought to my self , even my six year old has become a professional.

When I first walked into the web skills course classroom I thought that it would be a very long boring day. When the introduction was laid out I was baffled at how little I knew about the web I browse through everyday. This course took me to a deeper understanding of the web, you don’t  only learn about browsing but actually creating  and updating your own website – imagine how amazing that is, every time we browse  through the web the thought of how those web sites were created never cross our minds!

The couse has given me and my colleagues the power to create our own website. According to the group, we found it beneficial because of the easy access it has given us to the web, we have been equipped with skills we can make use of everyday. It has made the women’s group more powerful and independent.

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