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Hidden Stories

Hertfordshire’s Hidden Heroines work with the Daylight Club to produce a new book.

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As part of the Hertfordshire Hidden Heroines project and supported by a St Albans Community Fund Grant, creative writer Anna Reynolds has worked with the Daylight club over a period of seven weeks to create a new book bringing hidden stories to life. The idea came from one of the members who was a university lecturer and had a stroke, but liked listening to the members tell stories about their lives.

The Daylight Club is a friendly social club for adults of working age with physical disabilities who live within the City & District. The Club provides a safe and supportive environment where members meet twice a week to participate in a variety of interactive workshops, guest speakers, day trips and community events. The book ‘Hidden Stories’ includes poems, images and stories. The images were created using photos taken on a tablet, which the members then traced over. Each participant involved in this project chose what they wanted to talk about and Anna then supported them with their writing.

The book launch was held at Trestle Arts Base; Trestle enjoys a strong partnership with The Daylight Club and the Trestle Theatre Masks help the members to express themselves, tell their stories and perform their poems.

The group leader Salpi Gulbekian said “At the launch, it was amazing to see the members come on stage and read or act out their stories with such confidence. It was very moving to hear them relate their tales – both happy and sad in front of the audience, which included the Mayor of Harpenden and officers from St Albans Council and 1Life”

The event concluded with the presentation of a cheque for £3000 handed by the Harpenden Village Rotary president Nicholas Tott to the chair of the Daylight Club Jean Peyton to support the continuation of the fantastic work of the Daylight Club.

If anyone with a physical disability living in the St Albans District or any volunteers want further information on the Daylight Club or would like more information regarding the book ‘Hidden Stories’ please contact Salpi on salpi@1Life.co.uk.