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01 February 2020

Posted by Charlotte Waugh

From Homer to Hip Hop

From Homer to Hip Hop- 8 in attendance 

This Saturday we had the pleasure of welcoming four new Young writers to the group, who quickly began working on the brief for the end of year showcase! The remaining members refined and perfected the opening paragraphs of their pieces, swapping their work amongst the group and gaining valuable feedback from their peers. As the weeks pass we cannot wait to see our variety of monologues, scenes and poetry come to life on stage at the end of the academic year.

On Monday we had the exciting opportunity to attend the first ‘Later at The Library’ session of 2020, at Southampton Central Library, taking a sprint through the last 300,000 years of spoken word and poetry. The session was presented by Pete Bearder, the author of Stage Invasion: Poetry and the Spoken Word Renaissance. Pete’s work has featured on BBC Radio 4, The World Service and Newsnight. He is a National Poetry Slam Champion, comic and musician. We were of course honoured to be able to attend an event ran by someone with such talent and experience. 

The session talked and walked us through a fascinating journey of oral history, exploring poetic traditions and stories from Ancient Greece to the present day. Pete managed to draw many parallels between Homer the great poet of Ancient Greece, and the freestyle rapper of today, covering every development in spoken word in between. The Young Writers were incredibly grateful to be granted such an amazing and insightful opportunity as part of the SO:Write project delivered by ArtfulScribe in partnership with Southampton libraries.

We would also like to wish Sam, Lucy, Isobel, Cassie and Batool a massive good luck in their midweek adventures as they head to Bristol on Thursday for a top secret project! All will be revealed in the upcoming weeks but keep an eye out on our social media for a special Young Writers takeover, as they document their experiences of another great opportunity facilitated by Mayflower Young Writers. 


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