Sing a song against violence

Tom Metcalfe

Tom Metcalfe

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Budding songwriters are being invited to take part in two free workshops in Preston as part of a men’s campaign against violence against women.

The first workshop, organised by the town’s MAV (Men Against Violence) group takes place this Saturday. It has been funded with cash from a special fund set up by Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw.

MAV campaign director Chris Flux said: “After receiving funding from the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Community Action Fund our organisation will be running a variety of events and activities in Preston throughout November under the banner of White Ribbon Fest.”

The workshops, led by singer-songwriter and music tutor Tom Metcalfe, supported by local musician Sean O’Hara, are today- November 7 - and November and 14 from 1pm to 6pm at the Korova Arts cafe and bar on Charnley Street. There will also be an opportunity, if writers wish to, to showcase their work at 7.30pm on November 14 at the cafe. You have to be over 16 to attend, but do not need to play an instrument or have musical experience. A poster explains: “Have you ever wanted to write a song about relationships, bullying, freedom, equality and justice, being a man, being a woman? Then come along.”

A spokesman said: “They (Tom and Sean) will teach you the building blocks of songwriting and support you (as an individual or in groups) to develop your song from the initial idea to public performance...whether your an accomplished musician or a complete novice these workshops can be beneficial for you as well as a lot of fun!”

The White Ribbon campaign invites men to pledge never to condone violence against women.

To book a workshop place email mavpreston@hotmail.co.uk or call Tom on 0746 0858314.