An Isle of Wight produced anthology of creative writing will go on sale on Saturday, highlighting work by a group of young Islanders.
Anthology is a collection of work by authors and spoken word artists who have been meeting each week in Newport. The book will be launched on Saturday at Waterstones in Newport, complete with a front cover by Isle of Wight artist Sara Netherway. Jessica Paine is from the charity Independent Arts, which has been running the weekly group for young writers since February. The group, who have called themselves The Anon Writers, have also started up a blog:
“As part of the Isle of Wight Day celebrations..we are launching our book. It’s a great opportunity to meet the writers, but also to enjoy some of their spoken word performances. “It’s been funded by Arts Council England. One side has been to establish and launch their blog. The other half has been to compile and produce an anthology of works. “There’s a wonderful section on the Island. It’s sad, it’s happy, it’s enlightening . It’s an insight to young people on the Island.”
Young writer Andrew Butcher has a number of pieces included in Anthology. He said:
“I’ve been working with Independent Arts since they started this project. I didn’t really know what was going to be the final product. We came up with different categories…They’ve diverse and eclectic. It’s a very interesting book, I think. “There’s are so many different people in the final piece that have very distinctive voices. “There was a lot of editing, I think from a lot of us. We know this was going to be something really exciting. We wanted this to be as fine-tuned as we could get it.”
You can hear from some of the writers and get your copy of the book at Waterstones, Newport High Street, on Isle of Wight Day (24 September) at 6pm.