Join authors Alex and Ade as Contact Theatre hosts the launch of their new book, Something To Say, the result of a project developed in association with youth enterprise organisation The Agency.
To promote Something To Say, co-authors Alex and Ade will be talking about their experiences and what inspired them to put the book together.
To be successful, The Agency project pitches have to inspire positive change in the community but they can be about anything, and have ranged from boxing workshops to music festivals. Something To Say is a book featuring positive stories from Manchester-based black voices aged 13 to 21. One contribution reads: “It is an opportunity to truly listen about who we are and hear about our lives. Things are changing. Power is shifting. If they (referencing politicians/people in power in this context) want to be part of that change, then they need to hear our voices and what we have to say.”
To promote Something To Say, co-authors Alex and Ade will be talking about their experiences and what inspired them to put the book together with Reece Williams of the Young Identity spoken word initiative and the UNESCO-backed MCR City of Literature network. You’ll also hear extracts from the book, watch live performances and get the chance to ask the authors questions as Reece hosts a Q&A section.
The Agency is a youth enterprise project that works with young people from marginalised areas. The organisation helps young people to create social enterprises, events, projects and businesses that will have a positive impact on their local communities. It uses a creative methodology originally developed by the Brazilian theatre maker and journalist Marcus Faustini in the Favelas of Rio De Janeiro. Here in the UK, The Agency began in the Moston and Harpurhey areas of North Manchester, and in the Clapham Junction and Battersea areas of South London.