Why WeLL?

Published on Sunday 8th January 2012 by DJ Kirkby

Most of you are likely to remember my excitement when I announced that I had been appointed as the 2012 Writer in Residence for Portsmouth Libraries.  As an author who has had to overcome multiple disabilities in order to be able to write, I am wholeheartedly aware of what a privilege it is to be named as writer in residence.  The fact that I am also being paid for this role has me glowing with happiness.

My residency is going to attend to the need for outreach work with the young, elderly, housebound and otherwise disabled.  Additionally I will also be accessible to the other residents at times when I am writing in the library in the more traditional manner of a writer in residence. The outreach work related to my residency will begin in May and I will post a programme of events in February but in summary there will be school writing workshops, online seminars and Q&A sessions, writing challenges, and a celebration event where the unique works produced in collaboration with the residents of Portsmouth will be on display.

I have finally decided on an acronym which reflects my ethos which is a desire to blend the links between literacy and health outcomes: WeLL (We Love Literacy), and I will post the logo here as soon as I can.  If you have any questions about my residency please ask me on the page this link takes you to.


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