Saltaire Festival is delighted to announce that its 2020 anthology, developed in partnership with Aire Rivers Trust, is now published and is available to purchase. Its theme is Green Aire, and the writing demonstrates how people have valued the natural world, particularly the River Aire and its surroundings during a year of restricted movement.
The collection features all the best writers from this year’s poetry and prose writing competitions and celebrates the ways in which different authors addressed the Green Aire theme. It is a record of creativity in a unique and difficult year and a testament to the power of the arts to capture a prevailing mood, providing solace for both writers and readers. The collection provides food for thought and will reward revisits as circumstances alter over the years ahead.
Mike Farren, whose poem ‘A River Runs Through It’, won first prize, explained why he wanted to get involved: ‘As a Shipley-dweller, the Saltaire Festival is always special for me and as a writer of poetry, I’m always delighted when it has a poetry element. When I saw this year’s theme of ‘Green Aire’, it immediately chimed with me, given that Covid restrictions had forced us to explore more of our local area – particularly the Aire – when travelling further afield was not an option. This was one of the small pluses of a year that has been difficult for all, and I felt it deserved to be recorded. I’m so pleased that it struck a chord with the judges and with readers’.
Ros Garside, events coordinator said: ‘I’ve really enjoyed reading the poems and stories. They are a great reflection of what people appreciate about the Aire Valley. Many are a poignant reminder of how nature has helped people to get through difficult times’.
The anthology makes a great present for lovers of the area and for those who appreciate the natural environment. It costs £7.50 with £1.70 postage and packing. The Festival is offering free delivery to residents in the BD18 postcode. Order details are on the Saltaire Festival website: https://saltairefestival.co.uk/green-aire-order-form-final6692/or order via ShopAppy: https://shopappy.com/saltaire/saltaire-festival/