Candlestick Press/Platform 51 Poetry Workshop

Candlestick Press/Platform 51 Poetry Workshop

Published on Wednesday 23 March 2011

Ten Poems About Mothers was the starting point for a recent afternoon poetry workshop with Platform 51 Young Mums Group in Nottingham, facilitated by Aly Stoneman from Candlestick Press. The group read poems from the pamphlet aloud, followed by a lively discussion about the work. A firm favourite was ‘I Luv Me Mudder’ by Benjamin Zephaniah, which has a catchy rhythm and is written in Jamaican Creole.   After a well-deserved break for refreshments and plenty of poetic inspiration, it was time for the group to draw on their own experiences and have a go at writing a poem entitled ‘Being A Mum…’.   The group was split into two smaller writing teams and – armed with flipchart pads and colourful pens – set to work. Both groups opted for rhyming couplets and after some intensive writing, it was time to start editing the poems into their final form. The end results were insightful and honest poems capturing the pressures and delights of being a mum, which the girls were rightly proud of when they read them aloud to the group.  

Many thanks to Platform 51 and The Women’s Centre for hosting the workshop, and especially to the young women who took part: Louise Laurence, Elizabeth, Liz Smalley, Helen Clarke, Johanna Miller, Sabrina Gardiner and Platform 51 Participation Worker Gill.  You can read their poems at http://alysonstoneman.wordpress.com/writing-2/workshops-with-platform-51/

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