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St Augustines High School

Back at St. Augustines for our second (and last!) session, we spent our time in a group re-drafting process, talking through and editing the group piece that me and Adam had assembled from their writing from week one.

Here’s the final result:

In messy handwriting there is written care, peace and acceptance.
In dark is written anger. A man is pushed out of his own country.
I hope it will stop raining.
I hope that I accomplish everything I strive for.
The steep mountain represents it is a hard way through.
From the window you can see the rainbow far away
You can see a stickman happy, but not happy enough
to be the bird and get to the rainbow. No light
at the end of the tunnel. A girl is trying to talk.
Stuck between 4 walls. No doors, no windows. Silence echoes.
Fists clenched, eyes tightly shut.
Want to find the person and hurt them like they hurt you.
The truth is a blur to me. All my hope has been drowned.
The clouds have turned Into a storm with my memories.
A second of hate. A second of hope. The chains have fallen
and now I can walk.
I am up a hill with my sons taking in the wind as a power
And I am strong and my beginning is new and great.
In messy handwriting there is written care, peace and acceptance.

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GUEST BLOG: this blog is written by spoken word artist Adam Kammerling, who is working with me in the sessions with St. Augustine’s and Granville Youth Arts. Adam is great. He was recently crowned the Hammer & Tongue UK slam champion, and is all round top guy. Find out more about him by clicking on his name above…

“I came along with Simon to assist on the Flight Of Hope sessions and I was hugely impressed with all the students writing. At St Augustines we began by recreating the sounds of London with our mouths. We heard sirens, phones, traffic, people eating, even a rather breathy helicopter. Then, off the back of a discussion on hope, we drew visual representations of what it is to live without it. Here are a couple of examples:
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With these drawings as a foundation we then wrote on the topic.The variety of themes was quite amazing. From the most specific situations to the most abstract, the work was really impressive and covered a lot. We ran out of time at this point, so later that night, me and Simon got to put everyone’s work together into a group piece, over some Macaroni Cheese. I would be lying if I said this wasn’t a lot of fun. There was so much good stuff. So thank you St Augustines.

I can’t wait to show the students what Simon and I did with their writing – Everyone came up with such interesting ideas and the whole day was super fun. Here’s to next week.

And here’s that group poem from St Augustines, minus any macaroni stains…”

In messy handwriting there is written care, peace and acceptance.
In dark is written anger. A man is pushed out of his own country.
I hope that by the end of this week it will stop raining.
I hope that I accomplish everything I strive for.
The steep mountain represents it is a steep way through.
From the window you can see the rainbow far away
You can see both stickmen happy, but not happy enough
to be the bird and get to the rainbow. No light
at the end of the tunnel. A girl is trying to talk.
Stuck between 4 walls. No doors, no windows. Silence echoes.
Wrists clenched, eyes tightly shut.
Want to find the person and hurt them like they hurt you.
The truth is a blur to me. All my hope has been drowned.
The clouds have turned Into a storm with my memories.
A second of hate. A second of hope. The chains have fallen
and now I can walk. My cheeks are rosy red
And I am up a hill with my sons taking in the wind as a power
And I am strong and my beginning is new and great.