In one of my recent Creative Writing workshops for young people, I decided to read one of my poems from a batch of four that were published in Issue 17 of Sarasvati Magazine three years ago. It’s often hard to find poetry that will engage youngsters as they tend to think of poetry as old fashioned, and boys tend to avoid it thinking it ‘sissy-ish’. Luckily for youngsters, performance poetry is making it seem ‘cool’ again.

Creative Writing Workshop 1

For my latest session, I chose to read my poem ‘Glass Vision’ for its use of metaphors. The students enjoyed the vocabulary exercise – I gave them a copy of the poem with certain words blanked out and had them listen to the poem as published to fill in the gaps using synonyms for the original words. Most of them could relate to the poem in some way – since it was about the breakdown of a relationship, nearly all admitted they’d lost a best friend at some point in their lives. Bless!

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Leilanie Stewart

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About Leilanie Stewart

Leilanie Stewart is a writer, poet and literary blogger. Her debut poetry pamphlet, A Model Archaeologist, was launched in 2015 with Eyewear Publishing and her second collection, Chemotherapy for the Soul, was published by Fowlpox Press in 2017. She is a prize nominated poet, having been longlisted for the Melita Hume Poetry Prize 2014, and her poetry and fiction was selected for the 'Best of the Web' Storm Cycle Anthology 2014, published by Kind of a Hurricane Press. Leilanie is also Editor in Chief of Bindweed Magazine, a poetry and fiction online magazine that also publishes a quarterly print anthology. She currently lives in Belfast with her writer and poet husband, Joseph Robert. Literary blog: Meandi Books: Bindweed Magazine:

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