Monday, 18 May 2015

Poetry Workshop with Adrian Van Wyk and Daniel Schwartz

On Saturday 16th May the Poetry Festival hosted a highly successful workshop at the NGK Church Hall. Twelve grade 7 and 8 pupils from local schools attended the presentation by Stellenbosch based Adrian Van Wyk and Daniel Schwartz. The children were chosen on the basis of their love of language, and they willingly gave up their Saturday morning to learn some of the skills involved in writing poetry. Adrian and Daniel proved to be outstanding presenters, and certainly lit the fire of passion in the youngsters, who willingly responded to their enthusiasm. 

The workshop was the first event in what we hope will grow into a significant project. Called " Growing poetry" it is our effort to help give significant assistance to young people in the area.

The project hopes to give the youth tools to express themselves, but also to enhance their self-esteem and grow their confidence.

Judging by the happy faces at our first event, we have started a significant process. Let's hope we can keep the momentum going.

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