24 May 2021
Posted by Tabby Hayward
This week we were looking at the latest challenge from Young Poets Network - Poems to Solve the Climate Crisis, set by Louisa Adjoa Parker: https://ypn.poetrysociety.org.uk/workshop/poems-to-solve-the-climate-crisis-a-new-challenge-with-people-need-nature-louisa-adjoa-parker/
After a brief overview of the challenge, we looked at Louisa Adjoa Parker's poem On the Hill as a starting point, thinking about a time when nature has made us feel better, cheered us up when we were feeling down, or when we have turned to something in the natural world for support or to make us happy or relaxed. These ranged from big things (like the ocean) to little things particular to each of us (like a tree, a bird, a butterfly).
Next, we looked at some of the other poems recommended by Louisa, including 'The birds sing about water' by Jackie Wills, 'The Arctic Tern's Prayer' by Mary Anne Clarke, and 'The Government Lake' by James Tait, and considered the prompts she suggested, before choosing one poem/prompt/idea we'd looked at today as a starting point for a poem for the challenge. Again, there was a wonderful range of styles and subject matter, from trees to clingfilm to algae! We hope lots of our young writers will send their poems in...