We’ve been lucky enough that during our Culture @ Home programme some of our participants have felt confident and kind enough to share what they have worked on during our sessions with us. Below is a sonnet that was shared to us by Sara-Jane Arbury after attending our session run by novelist and creative writing tutor, Sarah Bowers. Participants were asked to collect 14 objects from around their homes without identifiers and use them to construct their work.
Sonnet written in Sarah Bower’s Sonnet Writing workshop on 24th June 2020
The chattering mouth opens and closes,
Pegs words to lines, thoughts flap, memories come,
My nan clicks her needles and a jumper appears,
My dad clips his tape measure to his faded jeans,
I strain tea for a friend from a perforated house,
An empty beer bottle still smells of swilled cheer,
Then the lightbulb blows, mushroom cloud,
A mash-up from spark to dark drawers, corners,
We dust shadows before the hidden power
In our nipppled, tubed bodies leaks out,
Beaded water clings to plugs, will not flow
On an Earth so functional, tight and compact,
Cut new shapes from the rolled-out world,
A star, a donkey, a snowman, a bird.
Household items used:
Potato masher, tape measure, toenail scissors, knitting needles, light bulb, empty beer bottle, AA battery, screwdriver, bathroom plug, toothbrush, peg, tea strainer, duster, pastry cutter
If you have been inspired and would like to have a go yourself just visit our VIDEOS section and do the workshop at home in your own time, we would love to see you results and share them here!