The LUSH organisation has been awarded funding by ACE to run a national conference – LUSH– targeting Friends of Libraries groups and particularly those in inner city areas, on World Book Day, 4 March 2021.
We are really excited by the prospect of inspiring Friends groups across the country to get more involved in bringing enriching activities right to the heart of the community.
The day itself is packed full of workshops and performances – with UK’s top poet and raconteur Lemn Sissay regaling us with his stories of antics in libraries and their significance to his life. We will have world-renowned guerilla gardener Ron Finlay as a second keynote speaker, inspiring us all to get our hands dirty and enrich our communities by growing our own supplies of food (on whatever scale). Chanje Kunda, a UK based performance poet will also be presenting her upbeat commission on what libraries mean to her.
Then we have a treasure trove of 12 workshops – including fundraising advice for Friends groups – and advice on delivering online and face to face activities from Knit and Natter, to storytelling in schools, to yoga for health and community elevation. We will also be providing each recipient with a resource pack.