Camden's first writer-in-residence launches 'Postcards from Leather Lane'

Camden’s first writer in residence, Irish writer and poet Aoife Mannix will launch ‘Postcards from Leather Lane’ at Swiss Cottage library next week.
Over several weeks in the spring, Aoife was based in a pop up shop in Leather Lane market. Leading creative writing workshops and hosting poetry events she talked to nearly 400 people, collecting their stories.
Over the course of her residency, Aoife interviewed stall holders from the market and jewellers from the world famous Hatton Gardens drawing on their life stories.
With poems, nuggets of local history, urban myths and memories of the Blitz, the anthology offers an evocative and entertaining selection of writing and oral history testimony.
Workshops were run in conjunction with local libraries and the Camden local studies and archives centre. Since then, Aoife has led creative writing workshops and worked with young people at Keats House in Hampstead.
Councillor Tulip Siddiq, Cabinet Member for Culture, Camden Council said:

“This was Camden’s first ever writer in residence and in just a few months Aoife has made a huge range of exciting activities happen across the borough.

“Working with our libraries, we have been able to harness the creativity of our communities, making it seem like something natural and easy, especially for those who had never thought of writing before.”

Aoife Mannix added:
“Postcards from Leather Lane is a written testimony to the extraordinary history, talent and character that makes Camden such a diverse and inspiring borough.”
Notes to editors:
1, Postcards from Leather Lane will be launched at The Gallery, Swiss Cottage Library on Thursday 30 September.
2, A photo-call is scheduled for 6 p.m. Aoife Mannix, Mike Clarke from Camden’s library service and contributors to the work will be in attendance.
3, Aoife and Mike Clarke will be on hand to discuss the residency with library users from 6.30 – 8.30 p.m.
4, Aoife will read from her commissioned poem and copies of the book will be on sale. Postcards from Leather Lane will be available from Camden Libraries, priced £5.00. 
5, Aoife Mannix is an Irish writer and poet based in London.  Her first novel Heritage of Secrets was published in 2008.  She is the author of four collections of poetry; The Trick of Foreign Words (2002), The Elephant in the Corner (2005), Growing Up An Alien (2007) and Turn The Clocks Upside Down (2008).  She is currently poet in residence on Radio 4’s Saturday Live.

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