A PROJECT designed to illuminate the work of local young adults onto Lancashire’s Library buildings.

TEC in collaboration with Lancashire Libraries ran ‘A Library Inside Out’ with visible outcomes in late October 2009 in Lancaster for the Learning Revolution festival, as part of Lancashire Libraries cultural youth offer. Participants young adults aged between 19 and 25 attended writing workshop – working with writers to creatively tell stories & write poems about what life’s really like, in their own words. These stories & poems were then blown up and projected across the local library over the evenings of one weekend in November 2009.

Burnley Library – writer Alison White

Lancaster Library – writer Mollie Baxter

Skelmersdale Library – writer Jane Gallagher

The writing took inspiration from the surrounding town and the young people’s lives.

“These are stories to be seen and heard. In their own words, they tell us much that challenges our perceptions of what it means to be a young person in Lancaster today. When the authors see their work blown up and projected on the side of the library, and when they see other people stop, read and react, they will also, I hope, come to view themselves with a new self-belief. The idea that anything is possible – if we dare – is made real in front of our eyes.”

Mollie Baxter - workshop leader