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 an author and poet from Belfast, Northern Ireland. Her writing centres around protagonists who are on a journey of self-discovery and who explore their identity by overcoming adversity. She began writing for publication while working as an English teacher in Japan, a career pathway that has influenced themes in her writing. Her former career as an Archaeologist has also inspired her writing and she has incorporated elements of archaeology and mythology into both her fiction and poetry. In addition to promoting her own work, Leilanie runs Bindweed Magazine, a creative writing ezine, with her writer husband, Joseph Robert. Aside from literary pursuits, Leilanie enjoys spending time with her husband and their lively literary tot, a voracious reader of construction vehicle books. CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA:

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