AT PLAY THIS WINTER
This January and February I've been running workshops down in
Bury St Edmunds with a group gleaned from a local school and a residential home. The sessions have been based around the theme of 'At Play' - a chance to get people of all ages to share memories and write about spinning tops, Weebles or Xboxes!
I've also paid a visit to the newly refurbished Arvon Centre - The Hurst in Shropshire - for a week working with a group of students and teachers from Thomas Tallis School from London. It was a thoroughly enjoyable and absorbing time with plenty of terrific poems written along the way. I look forward to seeing their anthology of work which they are currently producing back in school...
CHANGING LANDSCAPE WORKSHOPS
In the autumn I ran a series of workshops focussing on the changing local landscapes. These took place in schools and residential homes in the Suffolk Coasts and Heath and Dedham Vale area. From coastal erosion to aerial photographs of our patchwork fields, the aim was to get participants to explore what it all means to them and putting it all into poems. Shortly we'll be publishing ten of the best poems written during the workshops - more news to follow about that soon.
CATHEDRAL VIDEO POEM NOW AVAILABLE
Last autumn I also created a video poem for St Edmundsbury Cathedral in Suffolk. The project started last spring when visitors to the Cathedral were asked to put down there thoughts, stories and words about the Cathedral on postcards. In September I ran workshops with the 'Welcome Guides' (those folks who show you around the Cathedral) and local school children - in addition to taking pictures and videos and recording the sounds of the place - to gather material to put together the poem. The finished piece was shown on Thursday 26 September at a poetry evening in the Cathedral and is now available on youtube - you can watch it here (see right)!