Last night I had the pleasure of sharing my poetry at the event organised in the University of Manchester Students’ Union by Action Palestine. I was joined by the awsome Elmi Ali who performed spoken word and even a spontaneous beatbox collaboration with Luqc. Amazing atmosphere no doubt and it was really heartwarming to see students, the next generation, taking steps towards raising awareness about justice, liberation snd the freedom from oppression. Arash Sajedi from the Palestine Solidarity Campaign Manchester, was also present to offer advice on practical steps that make a difference to a complex situation. Poetry was based around themes of struggle, resistance, remembrance and loss. Honoured to have contributed to the night.. X
Today I took an assembly consisting of 120 children between Year 1-6. Both the infants and juniors at MMPS in Didsbury this morning where great and very responsive to the way their first official poetry competition was launched.
I learnt today that call and response poetry works wonders as long as you have a narrative the children can get excited about. Fun games to learn about metaphors and exercises that teach rhyme and rhythm are brilliant to introduce poetry to children. Keeping it short, snappy and varied helps keep them focused! Will be workshopping with them soon around the theme of ‘Light’ which was National Poetry Day’s theme for this year. I even got time to read out Lemn Sissay’s wonderful tweets about a hot buttered sky and split yolk sun which prompted discussions about language and meanings!
They loved my poem called ‘The Rocket’ with names and scenarios they could relate to, and warmed to the fact that it was about Mariyah and Idreece! Best part was the chatty Year 1 boy who kept insisting he wanted to workshop with me but also why I wasn’t reading out the rest of the pages in my hand! All in all, a mighty good session with some little creative geniuses! Xxx
Some of you may remember the spoken word piece entitled, ‘There Is No Such Thing As Islamaphobia’ penned by me last year when Manchester Muslim Writers organised an event during Hate Crime Awareness Week aimed at highlighting the growing tide of Islamaphobia. It has never been more pertinent as new cases appear everyday documenting abuse towards the Muslim community following the Paris attacks. I am grateful to the Blue Minaret online journal that chronicles the Muslim experience for sharing this video onlinethat was originally filmed by Pangaea Poetry. It’s okay they spelt my name wrong! 🙂