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16 January 2023

Posted by Issa Farrah

Who Am I?

Whilst percussive rain fell outside MAST, we welcomed in the Spring Term of Mayflower Young and Junior Writer’s by exploring ways to write about ourselves. Issa was introduced to Mayflower Young and Junior Writers as the assistant facilitator to Anna.

Using prompts, we exercised our imaginations around the question, ‘Who Am I?’ We explored repetition as a poetic device in our writing, and we looked into comfortably abstract ways of imagining ourselves and experiencing our lives.

‘I wonder about the best, simplified fraction for children’s sights and smells’ - Yusuf

We discussed our aspirations, the group sharing their expressions about their literary and life aspirations. The atmosphere of curiosity allowed us to interact creatively with our immediate environment, whilst also re-imagining elements of our past, present and future.

‘Life can be like a disappointing apple

tasteless, dull, no room for flavour’ - Harry

We introduced the relationship between poetry and by way of touching upon metre and syllabic count, thinking about the pulse of our bodies and our writing. 

‘I like it when I hear my heart beat’

Many of the writers shared their work aloud, and the lasting atmosphere was of an optimistic curiosity to the Spring term ahead.

‘I dream of being an astronaut...’


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