A regular feature of the Agbrigg Writers programme has been to launch publications which have gone some way towards demonstrating our range of writing and show how our work is rooted in the personal and the universal. We take great pride in having produced the following publications but we are always aiming to further develop our writing skills.
Lofthouse was written and compiled during 2013 for the fortieth anniversary of the Lofthouse Pit disaster. It is a collection of poetry and prose pieces and it formed the basis for public readings by the Agbrigg Writers at the National Coalmining Museum and the Red Shed in Wakefield. A year later, we produced Spinning Wheels: poetry, prose and some stunning art work which went someway towards capturing the excitement and glamour of the Tour de France Grand Depart in Yorkshire. Metro Heartbeat was our published effort for 2015. Here we are in short story mode in a volume which has a foreword by Mary Creagh M.P for Wakefield and a stunning cover by Ryan Baxendale. In 2017 we turned our attention to Life Writing and delved into autobiography, anecdote, reminiscence and memoir to demonstrate that writing often has a therapeutic as well as a narrative purpose. Life Support demonstrated the growing confidence of the group. We have confidence in our individual writing development and confidence in the group's ability to respect and empathise when we dig quite deeply into personal territory.