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19 November 2022

Posted by Beth McKeeman

Lightbulb Moments

Total number - 17

We’re back at Hands on Humanity Festival at the University of Southampton this week!

The festival theme this year was breakthroughs, and another similar idea is a lightbulb moment.

Thinking back to science and the battery sending out charge electrons to power the lightbulb, we became lightbulbs by charging our own ‘battery’ of words.

To start our creativity flowing, we played a game of splat categories, which had a lot of rules depending on what action was pointed at you. Sometimes you had to duck, other times say your name before the picker did and much more.

In five groups, we worked our way through the alphabet, thinking of as many words as we possibly could, including the obscure Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis.

In the same groups we listed emotions, animals, colours, objects and names.

Then the battery charged up our lightbulb brains. Each writer picked ten random words and had to find an order to them. We added in a few connectives and prepositions but as abstract poetry we tried to limit the amount of additions.

Our circuits them began to join up as we pooled our words together in each group. With more words available, there were more possibilities of what we might make.

Finally, to complete our creative circuit, each group selected their favourite line and fed it into a whole workshop poem, which we performed to each other.

Lightbulb Moments Poem:

monsteral gold Zoey find zinc went clink
flamboyant yellow ant octopus snail monster grass green polystyrene pen jail each other
normally the democracy taunts her with middle aged men with no descriptive trousers on
he had a rubber duck yellow in idea
needed rose gold vine trinket

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