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Book Launch: Voices From the Village of Youth

July 17th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Community News

by Joel Beaumont
A book celebrating growing up in the north west of Leeds as a child was launched at Holt Park Library yesterday.

The book entitled “Voices from the Village of Youth” details various generations’ childhoods when growing up in the local area.

The project, organised by Leeds City Council, saw youngsters from Cookridge Primary School and members of the Older Persons Action in the Locality (OPAL) charity come together to write short stories about their childhood memories, based on the local area.

These two groups were present at the launch, to view the book they helped to create, in print and available for the public to read.

Holt Park Librarian Kit Lardner, who oversaw the project and edited the final work, said: “This project has been a fantastic way of bringing local people together and has been so more successful than we could have a imagined. This book is a real celebration of the creative talents of local people across the ages and it is hugely exciting that it can be seen like this.”

The book uses archive photos from the local area to help create a sense of nostalgia for older readers. When creating the book the group worked with authors Ray French and Craig Bradley along with local historian Don Cole.

A handful of readers may remember the building of the Cookridge estate in the 1920’s and 30’s, where the title of the book takes it’s name from.

The marketing literature used in the advertising of the estate was ‘Cookridge – Village of Youth’.
It was designed by Cecil Crowther. His son Derick Crowther was present at the launch yesterday and gave a speech about Cookridge.

The book was designed to help strengthen community ties in the area by bringing the two polarised generations together. The project received funding from the council’s adult social care directorate in order to support the Leeds part of a wider, national, drive to improve inter-generational relations.

Cerys Jones, aged 9, from Cookridge Primary School had fun being part of this project she said: “It was really good, the best bit was going out to meet the OPAL group.” Cerys has a story, poem and letter printed in the book.

Young Author: 9 year old Cerys reads her poem

Voices from the Village of Youth’ was not created for widespread sale but is available to order through Holt Park Library. Alternatively, by going to www.lulu.com and is priced at £2.78 (not including postage costs).

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  • Alan Mann

    A really nice article. It does show that people of all ages can produce great results. I certainly will be going into the Holt Park Community Library to purchase a copy. Keep the good work up.

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