As I lose myself in the hearts of certain children
It's a pleasure to be back at The Regent Park School of Music to conduct poetry workshops with a small handful of students aged 11-17. This time around I am lucky to be collaborating with another poet, Anne-Marie Woods (Amani), who is also a playwright, singer, actor, arts advocate and entrepreneur.
Shannon and Amani, post workshop!
Our first workshop took place this past Sunday and included warm-up games, writing exercises, discussion and sharing. Two highlights for me: Amani's performance of a poem for the students and the beautiful sharing of work that took place near the end of our two hours together. Amani and I will be meeting with the students again in February 2016 and in the meantime connecting with them online to support further writing and the completion of two poems which will then be used to inspire musical compositions by professional composers. Thank you, RPSM, for welcoming poetry and supporting collaborative work among artists and students alike.
fragments of Lorca and Anne Carson, used in a generative writing exercise