We are pleased to be running the second phase of our Libraries as Cultural Hubs project this autumn and winter. In partnership with Dorset Library Service, a schedule of events and artist residencies both digital and in-person has been planned for young people and adults across Dorset. The focus is on celebrating diversity with a range of artists to shape an open, more diverse, inclusive and equal cultural offer.

The programme of events is now live to see and book on the Dorset Council website.

We are particularly excited to welcome writer, speaker, activist and Dorset resident, Louisa Adjoa Parker for a talk about Dorset’s Black History, her own life story and the influence of one on the other. See below for a short snippet of her longer interview with ADC.

Currently running weekly through to December, Artist in Residence, Chris Jury is leading online “Telling A Different Story” Creative Writing workshops for adults that promote creativity, opportunity, tolerance, understanding and mutual respect. To hear Chris talk about Telling A Different Story see the video below.

One-off events before the end of this year also include a local history talk celebrating Black History Month with John Stockley, and a ‘Tranter Dewey’s Christmas Party’ with Tim Laycock.

The public events are supplemented by two special events for schools, featuring an author talk with Bali Rai and a poetry workshop with Adisa. Activities started over the summer with family workshops at Swanage and Wareham libraries with Artist in Residence, Peter Margerum.

This project is funded by an Arts Council England National Lottery Project grant and supported by The Friends Groups of Corfe Mullen, Sturminster Newton, Weymouth, Wimborne and Wyke Regis Libraries. To find out more and to watch longer videos with Louisa and Chris, visit our project page.