RSL Literature Matters Workshop with Inua Ellams and Gemma Cairney

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The RSL Literature Matters workshops bring together a Royal Society of Literature Fellow with a famous friend to take part in a series of free write-along workshops.

In this video poet Inua Ellams is joined by Radio 1 DJ Gemma Cairney for a poetry writing workshop with a modern twist. In his take of an existing form of poetry called the Golden Shovel, he uses WhatsApp messages as a starting point to build a poem.

Ellams calls this method the 'Golden Conversation".

What to do:

  1. Open your messages and choose a message that contains at least 10 words.
  2. Write those 10 words on the right side of your page.
  3. Then write your 10-line poem connecting those words!

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