Barry has been the driving force behind a number of innovative and socially inclusive community writing/arts projects. As part of this work he has compiled, edited and co-published more than a dozen community books.
Dancing in Mid-Air: People and Drugs in Blyth
For three months … writer Barry Stone worked with drug users, their relatives, professionals and voluntary workers in the field.
The aim? To give those in the know a chance to speak for themselves:
Dancing In Mid-Air, a collection culled from the work produced.
Igloos In The Sun
In early 2004 Arts Council North East invited award-winning writer and community arts activist Barry Stone to devise a community writing project that would connect the social inclusion themes of health and crime.
Stone devised Imprints, a year-long multi-partner project that would cover domestic violence, school bullying, drug and alcohol misuse, teenage pregnancy and mental illness.
Igloos In The Sun is an anthology of some of the Imprints writing. It has been devised for educational use by students aged fifteen up.
NB: Igloos In The Sun was snapped up for use in schools and colleges. It has also been used to train new GPs and teachers.
Fabulous Just – Words From Ragworth!
Barry made his friends laugh when he forgot to credit himself as compiler/editor.
This collection of poems, stories, anecdotes and points of view has been written by people aged five to eighty – all of whom either lived or worked on Britain’s then allegedly ‘Most Notorious Estate’.
…from the Car Crazy project…
Racism, violence, bereavement, love and joy – all connected to the subject of cars.
Award winning playwright and community arts activist Barry Stone has loved cars for over thirty years. In the summer of 2001 he developed an ambitious community arts project with a simple ethos:
‘To involve all kinds of people in the arts through cars’.
Praised by the judges of the Raymond Williams Community Publishing Prize as a ‘revelation’ and a ‘fantastic achievement’.
An award-winning publication commissioned via Rural Arts North Yorkshire.
People of all ages write about the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Written up in The Times because it includes a poem by Bing Crosby!