App brings artists to all thanks to Orleans House Gallery, Twickenham

Inspiring: Orleans House Gallery

Inspiring: Orleans House Gallery

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Orleans House Gallery has been awarded a grant from the Clore Duffield Foundation to develop a new app that directs people to inspirational literary hotspots.

Users will be given information through the mobile phone app on local places authors worked or were inspired.

Through its Poetry and Literature Awards, the foundation aims to support organisations and schools in trying out new ways to engage children and young people in poetry, literature and creative writing, both now and in the future.

In the fourth incarnation of the annual awards, Orleans House Gallery has been awarded the grant specifically for its Read Right Here project.

More than 200 local young people aged eight to 19 will work together to create the app this summer and will specifically focus on authors who lived, worked or were inspired by the borough.

Councillor Pamela Fleming, Richmond Council cabinet member for communities, business and culture, said: “It's a great achievement to have secured this award from the Clore Duffield Foundation.

“As a borough we do have key links with number of influential authors, such as Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Alexander Pope and of course Virginia Woolf.”

The project will commence in the summer holidays, with the app launching as part of the Richmond upon Thames Literature Festival in November

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