Ways to Peace anthology launch – by Val Ormond

Monday 23rd September saw the launch of the Ways to Peace anthology at Tintern Abbey with a packed house and many wonderful readings.

The anthology follows on from the Writing for Peace event that took place at the abbey as part of the Ways to Peace Festival 2018, held to mark 100 years since the end of WW1 and commemorate the United Nations’ International Day of Peace. The event was organised by the abbey’s curator, Pascal Bidois and local authors and poets were invited to submit their writing on the various themes of peace: peace between nations and cultures, peace with nature and inner peace. Many of those who sent in their work also came to read at the Writing for Peace event, despite torrential rain!

During 2019, other writers were also invited to submit and two local schools ran projects to encourage their students to write about the various topics. 172 contributions were received in total, including 54 from schools, and the difficult task began to choose those which most closely reflected the themes for publication in the anthology. The final result reflects the high standard of writing received and represents, amongst others, the following Gloucestershire writers:




Kathy Alderman

Guy Hunter

Alison Brackenbury

David Clarke

Alison Mace

Val Ormrod

Cheryl Burman

Carol Sheppard

Felicity Edwards

Toni Wilde

Jude Buik

Deborah Gregory

Catherine Baker

Jane Spray

Julie Wiltshire

Rebecca Harvey

John Homewood

Judith Gunn

Vicky Hampton

Zack Dicks

(Possibly also some of these as I don’t know where they live)

Alissar Amali,  Ann Morgan,  Catherine Brennan,  Chris Willis,  Fay Jenkins,  Gill Garrett,  James Young,  Lucy Williams,  Ross Cogan,  Sue Johnson,  Susannah White

Copies of the anthology will be available in local bookshops shortly but if anyone would like a copy sooner, please email tinternwaystopeace@gmail.com and state number of copies required to obtain a cost for posting.

All proceeds to UNICEF