On September 20th 2014. Wakefield Lit Fest gave us a day of their festival to programme for the good people of Ossett.
We decided that as 2014 is the 150th Anniversary of the founding of the original Ossett Observer newspaper that we would take a snapshot of the town as it is now.
We invited Ian Clayton, writer and broadcaster to come and spend the day in our town asking people to tell him their stories, to find out who lives here, what their stories are, what their hopes are for the future.
We asked the children in all 9 of our Junior Schools to write and perform a poem celebrating ‘Our Ossett’.
We asked people for their memories of the original Ossett Observer newspaper and we asked people to try their hand at printing in the old fashioned block type way, get their hands dirty with ink, metal and wood, as the printworkers of the original Ossett Obsevrer would have done in 1864.
When we had finished we made a book. Gathered all the loveliness that people had shared with us and here it is for you to read and share with your friends and family.
We launched the #BookInADay on Friday 31st October 2014, ironically 28 years since the last edition of the Ossett Observer newspaper was printed.
We hope you will enjoy reading it, it is a beautiful thing and lots of Ossett folks told us some wonderful stories.
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Funded by Arts Council England and Wakefield Council Creative Partners Programme