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Book of poetry, prose and pictures produced by participants of an arts and disability organization

A NEW book of poetry, prose and pictures has been produced by participants from an arts and disability organization.

Words Out addresses themes of family, nature, love and creativity through the eyes of participants of Open Arts, which aims to engage people with disabilities in activities and events across a range of art forms.

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, Open Arts supports the creativity and artistic development of people with disabilities through weekly classes in a wide range of art forms – music, theatre, dance, writing and visual arts.

Its participants, who have a range of disabilities including physical, sensory, learning and mental health disabilities, marked the anniversary by creating a book of poetry, prose and pictures.

It will be launched at a special Belfast Book Festival performance event at the Crescent Arts Center on June 16.

Eileen Branagh, Managing Director of Open Arts, said: “The dual meaning of the title ‘Word(‘)s Out’ – helping people with disabilities to express themselves creatively and allowing them to be seen and heard by putting showcasing their talents – perfectly encompasses what Open Arts has been doing for 30 years.

“The themes of ‘Words Out’ include family, nature, love and creativity and the work is funny, moving, quirky, stimulating and fresh.”

Andrew Ward, a member of the Open Arts Creative Writing group whose work features in the book, said: “Open Arts is my creative and social lifeline and being part of the organization has helped me tremendously over the past two years. .”

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