Over the last three months I did three Our Tales Unveiled workshops at Salisbury Arts Centre. These began with an excellent performance earlier involving Penny Pepper and Liz Porter. Penny’s a writer; Liz is a story teller and singer.
In Liz’s workshop I reluctantly ‘performed’ a story about Clara who crochets a lot. This was based on someone I know (not me). I haven’t asked ‘Clara’ if I can use her words so am uneasy about going public until I have her permission.
Penny gave us writing exercises on the theme of ‘Worth Fighting For’. We picked post-it notes at random. Mine had the word ‘freedom’ written on it.
I started writing by means of mind maps. Penny said it’s a good idea sometimes to write in opposites.
I quickly wrote this (unfinished) poem. It’s based in part on my childhood experience (11 years) of institutionalisation in a hospital/school (Chailey Heritage).