The Pearls Project

By Amanda Huxtable

 

I was kindly invited by the Festival Director Michelle Hodgson to produce an event at this year’s 10th anniversary festival.

 

I sat, as I do, and thought long and hard about what gift of a project I could present. It would have to be something special after last year’s joyful celebration of Dr Maya Angelou’s life and work at the Media Centre (see image). It would have to be something everyone could be included in, understand and be part of.

 

So I started once again with Maya and what she says about the power of words “... someday we’ll be able to measure the power of words...”

 



I think she’s right, I think we can. I think we can measure the power of words by how precious they become.



 

This year I’m presenting a project called The Pearls Project. We are asking everyone – authors, readers, everyone – to share their Pearls.

A Pearl is something you have kept with you ever since you first read it. It’s a line from a novel, a poem or non fiction. It’s precious, it’s powerful. It leaves nothing unsaid in only a few words. Words powerful, strong and as precious as any pearl could be.



 

Michelle and I have had the good fortune to receive and read the Pearls that have been coming in. We’d like to thank everyone who has taken the time to share their Pearls so far.



 

One of the lines shared stopped me in my tracks with the combination of sorrow and strength woven into the words. Another melted my heart with a declaration of love so beautifully written we may have to share it in time for Valentine’s Day!

 



Some are as familiar and welcome as old friends, while others are intriguing enough for you to want to read more.



 

We’d be really glad if you could share yours. We still have time. Please follow this link where you can find out how.



 

Please join us for the launch of HLF2016 on Wednesday 2 March at the Heritage Quay at the University of Huddersfield, where we can continue the celebration and listen and view a collection of the Pearls together.



 

Congratulations Huddersfield Literature Festival at 10. Happy Birthday!

 

Image: c. Janet Marks - Brushed Culture