Poetry with Jackie Kay

Last week there was a posting on our local HE group about a fantastic opportunity for 14-18 year olds to work with the wonderful and acclaimed poet Jackie Kay. With the content that they generate, an artist will then work with their words and the permanent collection at Kettle’s Yard to create art installations and four evening workshops will transform their words further. The project ends with the young people’s work being put on in the house, and joining Jackie Kay in an evening of poetry reading.

Skye was very nervous about attending and at one point said she didn’t think she wanted to go, even though she absolutely loves poetry and creative writing. I was very proud of her, she put her worries and nerves behind her and went along and had the most fantastic morning 🙂 She was one of only three 14 year olds to attend the first of two workshops this week, which for a free event is a pretty poor turnout but she really enjoyed working in a small group. They had a tour of the house and I was amazed how much information she retained, telling us stories behind some of the art and statues residing there. I can’t remember when I last heard her talk so enthusiastically about something! 🙂

I am amazed at her growing confidence, I would never have gone along to this sort of thing at her age, not without friends in tow. She is really happy that she didn’t talk herself out of going and is looking forward to the next session 🙂

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ali
    Feb 13, 2013 @ 09:30:27

    Sounds a very inspirational thing for her, how lovely. It’s amazing sometimes how few people appear at these things isn’t it? But good for those who do, getting a better experience sometimes.

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