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Artist to visit Darwen Library on 23rd May
to collect local people's stories of Jubilee

Artist Thomas Daniel ‘Tom’ Byrne will be bringing his ‘Jubilation Station’ to Darwen Library on Monday 23rd May and encouraging customers to sit and talk, write or otherwise share their stories throughout the day as part of a project called ‘Jubilation’ which will work with libraries all across the North West who are members of the Time to Read partnership.  The project aims to discover, celebrate and record the stories and achievements of local people/community members that have taken place during the reign of HM Queen Elizabeth II.

Once regional submissions have closed at the end of June, Tom will gather together as many stories as possible from those submitted and edit them into a ‘Book of Jubilations’. The book will be a collection of moments of celebration that reflects the lives of local people all over the North West. Each of the 12 libraries that participated in the artist visit workshops will receive a physical copy of the book that can be added to their library’s collection. In addition to this, other libraries in the region will be able to access the book in eBook format.

Anyone interested in taking part should simply drop in to Darwen Library on Monday 23rd May between 11.30 am and 4 pm approximately.  Tom will be delighted to have a chat with anyone who comes to see him.  Tom will also be working with the Darwen Library Crafters between 10.30 and 11.30 am approximately.

Thomas Daniel Byrne is a freelance performer, musician, and puppeteer who has been creating his own work for the past 8 years. He is a likable and affable workshop facilitator when it comes to activities such as creative writing. He has recently completed two large scale projects on behalf of Tameside Council in partnership with Droylsden Library which both involved planning school workshops, designing an art trail around the town centre, and delivering performances/a half term activity day in and around the library space.

Time to Read is a collaboration of 22 public library authorities in NW England to promote reading and reader development activity.  It covers Cumbria, Lancashire and Cheshire, all of Greater Manchester and Greater Merseyside.
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