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 novelist and poet. Her debut novel, Gods of Avalon Road was published by Blossom Spring Publishing in October 2019 and her second novel, The Buddha's Bone is forthcoming in October 2021. Leilanie has also published three poetry collections: The Redundancy of Tautology (Cyberwit, 2021); Chemotherapy for the Soul (Fowlpox Press, 2017); A Model Archaeologist (Eyewear Publishing, 2015) and two self-published pamphlets: Toebirds and Woodlice (Meandi Books, 2012); Metamorphosis of Woman (Meandi Books, 2012), satirical novella Zombie Reflux (Meandi Books, 2014) and surreal novelette, Til Death do us Boneapart (Dark Gothic Resurrected Magazine, 2017). 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 and their lively literary tot, a voracious reader of educational books. Literary blog: Meandi Books: Bindweed Magazine:

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