CHILDREN and parents in Boston are to work with a professional writer to explore heritage, identity and culture in the next phase of the town's Alchemy Project.
Starting this month writer Chris Konrath will be holding workshops at St Thomas' Parent and Toddler Group and the Saturday Polish School with the aim of producing written and spoken material which will be published or performed.
The workshops are the first of four new initiatives that are part of the Alchemy Project.
Conceived by equality and human rights organisation JUST Lincolnshire, the project is an effort to use the arts to help unravel the myths, misunderstandings and prejudices associated with the changes and challenges that Boston faces.
Chris said: "The aim of the workshops is to generate discussion and to engage local members of the community to share their opinions and ideas through poetry, short stories, diaries, journals and the spoken word.
"We hope to tap into people's knowledge and feelings about the growth and change taking place in Boston and the impact this is having on their lives.
"We want to bring diverse groups together to share this exploration in fun ways and those involved could find they are expressing themselves in ways they never thought possible."
The Alchemy Project was launched in April and will initially run until March 2013.
It is run by JUST Lincolnshire with funding from the Community Development Foundation of £77,000 over almost two years.
Other partners are Boston College, Boston Borough Council, South Lincolnshire Council for Voluntary Service, the Aegis Trust, Victim Support, Stop Hate UK and the Boston Community Safety Partnership.
For more information log onto www.alchemyproject.eu