Had a wonderful session conducting a poetry workshop around the theme of childhood at Shamshad’s Hard Rain set up in Thairish Cafe, Levenshulme.
I introduced the group to Kimiko Hahn’s poem called ‘In Childhood’ and Li-Young Lee’s poem, ‘A Hymn to Childhood’ which explored the various ways we recall
memory and how by doing so, we are always under constant revision. Truths are often reconfigured and the conflict between voluntary and involuntary memory; between what we think we know and what we find we didn’t dare to know or admit, forms the ‘foreign’ land of much writing. The foreign land being the term L.P Hartley used to describe the past and how things are ‘done differently’ there. It was an inspiring exchange and I loved what came out in the freewrite exercises. I was blessed to hear about the different experiences of a rich tapestry of people as they shared intricate memories of their past. A thoroughly productive session! X