ONCE a place only for hushed reading, a Wigan library will be alive with the sound of music this summer as an urban artist shares her song-writing skills with youngsters.
The Lyrical Libraries project based at Golborne will give around 10 young people aged between 12 and 16 an exciting introduction to writing and recording their own tracks under the expert tuition of hometown talent Amy Burns, best known by her stage name A Me B.
The group will spend four weeks in July and August at the Tanners Lane library learning about putting lyrics and melodies together and producing a song as a group before decamping to the Paul O’Neill Productions studio near Wigan Pier to record their creation.
Amy, who has created the project herself, says she is excited about giving young people in the borough an opportunity to learn about music and unlock their creative potential.
Amy, 22, said: “I can’t wait, I’m really excited to do it. There’s not too much going on locally in the summer holidays so it’s nice for them to be able to engage with this.
“It will look at rap skills, singing skills and hopefully it will also improve the young people’s confidence and inspire them to make their own music.
“We’re focusing on one song together as a group because recording and producing vocals is going to be new to them and there’s a lot to learn, but if we work on any other songs we will hopefully record those as well if there’s time.”
Lyrical Libraries is being funded by youth charity Ambition, for whom Amy is an ambassador, and will develop the participants’ English literature skills alongside music knowledge.
Amy, who is currently taking a break from the live music scene to write and record new material, says she has already spoken to other venues interested in running Lyrical Libraries in the future.
The sessions start on July 21 and end with a celebration afternoon back at the library on August 25, when Amy will present certificates and CDs and the young people will perform their song live.
Lyrical Libraries is free and there are around 10 places available for young people aged 12 to 16.
To reserve a place, email Amy at firstname.lastname@example.org
To find out more about the project, search for Lyrical Libraries on Facebook