A Place Free of Judgement

Row Published Monday, 3rd October 2016

Worcestershire Libraries, Learning and Arts are offering an opportunity for young people in the county to participate in a ground breaking Regional project, working with internationally renowned artists.

Blast Theory and acclaimed author Tony White are coming to the West Midlands to work with us, re-imagining libraries, storytelling and finding our place in the world.

We are looking for young people in Worcestershire, aged 16 - 21, to take part in a major new project called A Place Free Of Judgement; a teenage takeover of libraries.

Led by Blast Theory artist Ju Row Farr, for 24 hours in October, St. John's Library will become the site for a live event, where the story you will have helped make and write will be performed. The event will be streamed live to the Internet and then made into a short film. We will publish the story as a book, run a competition and write a blog along the way.

This is an opportunity to improve your writing skills, to learn about state of the art live streaming and filming, to help create a live event and to meet new people. You might write a blog, film the event; contribute to the story; plan the takeover; perform or something else not yet decided.

Rona Whitfield, age 20 and from Worcester, is one of many young people who have been involved with the project. She said: "Stories about our lives are a great way to find out about other people and learn about the world. I’m super excited for it to really take shape and for all my friends and family to see what we manage to create in such a unique way."

Participants need to be available to take part in workshops and 1 day for the event.


ž 8 October 2016, 10am-4pm

ž 27 & 28 October 2016, 10am-4pm

ž (Live Event) 29 October 2016, 12noon-12midnight

Cllr Lucy Hodgson, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Localism and Communities said: "A Place Free of Judgement is a wonderful opportunity for young people across the county to become more involved with the arts and their local library, and to explore their interests with internationally renowned artists. The project offers a chance to get involved with a variety of different aspects of the arts, including writing, filming, planning and performing.

"I would encourage anybody aged 16-21 to get involved and indulge their artistic passions. I look forward to seeing the film and reading the book!"

For information about the project visit http://aplacefreeofjudgement.co.uk/ or follow the hashtag #FreeOfJudgement on Twitter and Instagram.

For information about the project within Worcestershire contact Natalie McVey on 07876 144905 or email nmcvey@worcestershire.gov.uk