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15 December 2018

Posted by Sophie Jones

Winter Poems

15-18 Age Group, 7 Attending

We began by looking at some winter poems: The Winter (Dafydd Ap Gwilym), Winter Dawn (Kenneth Slessor), Mailboxes in Late Winter (Jeffrey Harrison), Winter (Billy Collins), and Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening (Robert Frost), picking out their shared themes of snow and cold, and their beauty and danger. 

In pairs, the Young Writers used Winter Dawn to create a new poem, circling the words they wanted and blacking out the rest. The fascinating results are shown in the collage at the top of this post.

In the same pairs, the writers then chose another poem to pick lines from to create another new poem, including one about geese, and another about Christmas' outsiders left in the cold. 

The Young Writers then got the chance to write some individual poems on the theme of winter, some of which will be displayed on our Instagram.

Don't forget our competition with ArtfulScribe, for young writers aged 18 and under! 

As part of our ongoing work with Mayflower 400, we’re commissioning three pieces of new writing responding to the Mayflower 400 themes of Light/Fire, Water/Ocean and Journeys/Migration.
18 and under category can submit a piece of fiction or poem, under five minutes. There are three prizes of  £50, £25 and £15 to be won. 
Here’s a link to the full info: http://www.artfulscribe.co.uk/news/3/exciting-new-commission-for-southampton-writers
Submissions are welcome electronically through video, audio, or docx/.pdf files. Long-hand submissions can also be sent to ArtfulScribe, Tower House,  Town Quay Road, Southampton SO14 2NY. All entries are to be received no later than Friday 28thDecember 2018.

This was our last session before Christmas, so see you again in January - wishing you a very merry holiday period, and a happy new year!


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