BONES

A room with twelve skeletons; skulls all facing the same way. A bony choir: but what songs will they sing us? Songs from long ago – and songs of struggle, murder and conflict. Through poetry, flash fiction and discussion we’ll be inspired by craniums, tibias and mandibles, exploring what we feel in our bones. All skeletons have a tale to tell – what’s yours?Skeletons M Shed Workshop YP Info 2.8.17I’m running a young people’s workshop for young people aged 14-17 years at M Shed Bristol on 2nd August, exploring their Skeletons: Our Buried Bones exhibition…

It’ll be a rich & strange day, where I’ll be inviting the group to really get to know the bones on display and what they might think about all this, as well as thinking about our very own skeletons – we’ve all got one. Details above: please pass them on…

 

 

Wyldwood Write On Video

I’ve just finished facilitating four sessions, working with Wyldwood Arts  – a group of 18-25 year olds from the Bristol Old Vic young producers worked with residents of Monica Wills House writing around the themes of Earth, Water, Fire and Air.

There was a lot of laughter and some really beautiful, playful and moving pieces of writing – and Wyldwood have made a wonderful short film which captures some of this. Here it is!

People, Places, Life at M Shed

In  February 2017, I’ll be running a seven-week creative writing course at M Shed Museum, Bristol harbourside.

Here’s a little film I made to tell you more about it:

And if you’d like to book, go to the WEA website here.

There’s info about the M Shed on its website here too.

See you there!

WRITE OFF from June 7th

Write Off Poster - JUNE 2016

The next WRITE OFF sessions start Tuesday June 7th at Beatroots Cafe, Lower Park Row, 17.00 – 18.30, for six weeks.

The young people who attend the group rephave been really enjoying the mix of reading and writing for wellbeing and fun.
We try out new activities, experiments and styles – working with words in the very broadest way!  We’ve done everything from experimental sound poems to third-person stories about our morning routines, to ‘story hot house’ verbal storytelling, and ‘subvertising’.

I plan sessions based on what the group members would like to do (or try, or re-try). And for anyone anxious about reading together in this kind of group: we don’t schoolsplain (a word I’ve picked up through it) and you never have to read anything aloud you don’t want to.

All are welcome, from aged 16 – 25. If you can email ahead, I’ll make sure there is enough cake – but no problem if you can’t.
Email: Caleb@otrbristol.org.uk
Look forward to seeing you there!

NaPoWriMo 4.9: Drag Queen Bingo

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Well then: I’ve written something based on Drag Queen Bingo on Saturday night.

But I’ve decided it’s probably too offensive to put on here (such is the joy of Drag humour).

The poem takes the form of a Bingo Card, of course – with some very interesting rhymes (some adapted from the calls, some entirely new). I might spruce it up to submit it, should the right publication arise…

The numbers on the card were as follows – so I set you the challenge of coming up with your own risque rhyming number-call for each:

Number Three
Nineteen
Twenty-Six
Thirty
Forty-One
Forty-Four
Fifty-Two
Fifty-Eight
Sixty-Nine
Seventy-One
Eighty-Three
Eighty-Four
 

 

 

Write Off (Spring)

A quick note to say my Write Off sessions will be starting again on Tuesday 1st March.

The sessions are open to all young people from 15 – 25 years old. As in the last sessions  (where we tried everything from haiku to surrealism and concrete poetry) we’ll be exploring different creative reading and writing approaches for fun, confidence-building, self-expression and reflection.

April is also National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo) – so we’ll be delving into the prompts and resources on offer to see how they might inspire our own writing experiments!

Write Off Info Poster March 2016

Write Off returns…

Write Off Info Poster 2016A quick note to say that my young people’s writing group Write Off is carrying on, on Tuesdays 17.00 – 18.30 at Beatroot Cafe on Lower Park Row.

The group is for anyone aged 16-25 who feels their writing, wellbeing and creativity would benefit from taking part. It’s a small and friendly group, in a cosy setting (with great tea and cakes).

We’ve been exploring a wide range of approaches to writing and reading; different ways to stimulate our creativity, reflection and play.

If you or someone you know would like to join – then see you there! My Off The Record email is on the poster above, so get in touch with any queries…

 

Happy New Year & Happy New Projects

Well, it’s been quite an adventure over the Festive Pause – we’ve been away in Europe and, alas, our car conked out while there…This precipitated various transport escapades to get us – and our small dog – back to Blighty by Monday this week…Still: such things are stories in the making. And so it might well become one on here once I’ve taken some time to sit and jot it all down.

IN OTHER (EXCITING) NEWS: Having managed to write a proposal for it while on the move, I’m delighted to announce that the excellent Paul Hurley and I will be (collectively) one of two lead artists on an exciting project in Bristol, with the excellent Knowle West Media Centre.

The Bristol Approach to Citizen Sensing will aim to develop a “new framework for running inclusive, community-driven digital projects that involve sensor technologies”. Paul and I will be working as artists in multi-disciplinary teams, to engage creatively in this process.

What kinds of sensing tools and data are useful to the community, rather than centralised organisations, corporations, or government? And how can we make the data they produce visible, beautiful, relevant, inspiring? Can it be performed, or made into poetry – and how can this spur people into taking action for their communities…?

These are very big, very exciting questions – and ones I’m looking forward to working on through dialogue, exploration and creation.

Things get going next week, so I’ll post up more information once we’re further into the process…

Write Off!

Starts Tuesday 3rd November

NEWS: I’ll be piloting a creative writing group for young people in partnership with Off The Record Bristol – starting on Tuesday 3rd November.

It’s part of their therapeutic and wellbeing choices for young people, and I’m really looking forward to facilitating enjoyable and illuminating writing (and reading) sessions with those who attend.

Pass it round, see you there. There will be cake – but Taylor Swift is not yet confirmed.