Review: Words On Fire: A Youth Poetry Showcase @ Porthcawl Pavilion
Having two pieces of writing in this showcase, I’ll try not to make this sound biased. I was admittedly the oldest of the writers. I was the daddy of the lot. I had never been to Porthcawl. I would have liked the weather to have been nicer. But in Wales we can’t have everything.
The two works I used were Paddington Station, which is already on TheSprout. The other was a piece regarding my brother’s OCD, or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder called â€¦darkdriftâ€¦. He never fails to amaze and infuriate me. He broke down the other week because his obsessions were so bad that he actually intended to read the entire dictionary. I told him that was the type of thing that would be involved with writer’s block, if he wrote that is. Pure lunacy.
Each region of Wales who took part, had their own interesting side to their writing. Just because I was the oldest doesn’t necessarily mean mine was the most effective, respectfully. My work was first. We had done workshops in using music and sound effects to complement our writing.
In the first poem, I said to the audience when introducing my work that any Welshman who doesn’t love London is lying. This was an attempt at a joke. But things got much more serious when discussing my brother’s condition. I informed the audience that my brother has told me that, "You wouldn’t wish OCD on your worst enemy."
The main thread of the evening seemed to be bullying and dealing with it. I certainly wouldn’t argue that it is a major issue with young people today. I want it exterminated. I know I am not alone hereâ€¦
I look forward to hearing our work with the added audio once more.
I won't rate this since I took part.
Weeping Tudor attended this event with other members of TheSprout after taking part in Literature Wales' Eat My Words Workshops
Related Article: Paddington Station
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