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Review: Words On Fire: A Youth Poetry Showcase @ Porthcawl Pavilion

Posted by Weeping Tudor from Cardiff - Published on 13/03/2013 at 12:53
4 comments » - Tagged as Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Health, Work & Training

Words On Fire: A Youth Poetry Showcase
The Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl 
Wednesday 6th March 2013

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 …darkdrift…. 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 here…

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

Info Â» Health Â» Emotional and Mental Health Â» Phobias and Habits

Click here for some of TheSprout's articles on bullying

Organisations Â» Llenyddiaeth Cymru / Literature Wales

Organisations Â» Cardiff Against Bullying (CAB)

Events Â» Cardiff Children's Literature Festival

Articles Â» Categories Â» Creative Writing

Related Article: Paddington Station

IMAGES: Polly Promo

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Sam Sprout (Editor)

Sam Sprout (Editor)

Commented 38 months ago - 13th March 2013 - 17:32pm



Commented 38 months ago - 13th March 2013 - 18:02pm

We had a great time in Porthcawl. The showcase and the young people's poems were really interesting! Thank you Tansi, DeadAngelLover22, Weeping Tudor and Polly ProMo for representing theSprout and coming along to the event! :)
I hope, you had a great evening too! :)

Polly ProMo

Polly ProMo

Commented 38 months ago - 13th March 2013 - 18:07pm

I defo did - the place is stunning (I'll disagree with Weeping Tudor on the weather point - the way it was matches the landscape perfecty, making it slightly sinister but still tremendous in all its glory of a waste seascape)

Weeping Tudor

Weeping Tudor

Commented 38 months ago - 14th March 2013 - 13:55pm

It makes for great visuals. But when you live with it every day, it can be quite depressing. I crave the sun! I know I won't get a lot of it here. Saying that, have you seen my little film. Could it be any more moody?

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