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Living In Hope -

Poetry Competition

Our aim is to improve community relations and community cohesion by raising awareness and understanding amongst people about different cultures; promoting common values; and helping people to develop friendships that cross cultural and community boundaries.


"We ran the Living in Hope poetry competition as part of our Good Neighbours Project to celebrate community, friendship and strength in Lancashire as we face the pandemic together.

'Human Touch' Poem

Events that bring people together for a fun and interactive game show style event looking at the future of the Pendle area. We have seen the coming together of people we have met whilst taking the Talking Society around the various towns in Pendle all come together under one roof for an evening. People enjoying both laughter and serious conversations over food and not wanting the evening to end. 


In March we saw students from the numerous high schools and colleges in Pendle come together and lead an event looking at the future in terms of opportunities in Pendle. Showing great maturity to share and speak on a platform with councillors, the leader of the council, entrepreneurs and community organisations. Having intellectual debates and discussions about what they want the future of Pendle to be like in 2050 and expectations they have of the local authority and business owners. 


We hope the Pendle 2050 events continue to provide people with the opportunity and platform to look and shape the future of our Pendle.  


National Poetry Day

National Poetry Day took place on Thursday 1st October encouraging activities nationwide to promote and share poetry. The theme this year was ‘vision’ and this fit in perfectly with our Living in Hope Poetry Competition earlier in the year.

We planned a day of poetry both pre-recorded and live with a vision of hope during the challenging year we have faced due to the Covid-19 pandemic.


Entries from the Living in Hope competition were shared throughout the day with video recordings of the top three entries. The day was capped off with live performances from two talented spoken word poets who were also our judges for the poetry competition, Thalaya Darr and Phil Evans.

National Poetry Day
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