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The Write Space workshop three - Matt Goodfellow

Matt Goodfellow

In our third instalment of our The Write Space series, we're pleased to present a collection of videos from award-winning poet, Matt Goodfellow.

The Write Space is a six-week series of creative writing and wellbeing live events and videos. Keep an eye on the Well Ahead homepage for new The Write Space activities every week.

About Matt

Matt Goodfellow is an award-winning poet from Manchester. He spent over ten years working as a teacher before embarking on his poetry career. He is a National Poetry Day Ambassador for the Forward Arts Foundation and spends his time visiting schools, libraries and festivals where his inspiring performances and workshops open new doors to poetry for both children and adults. His most recent solo collection is Bright Bursts of Colour (Bloomsbury).

Watch the video - part one

In this video Matt talks about how he became a poet and invites you to speak your truth in a poem of your own.

Try Matt's tell your truth activity

Think of a moment in your life when you were feeling strong emotions: happiness, sadness, anger or embarrassment, for example. Try to replay the whole scene in your head and then 'talk with your pen' and write out exactly what happened.

What were you doing, thinking and saying? What were people around you doing/saying? Jot down your ideas - writing in the present tense can help - then put it away and come back to it the next day.

Make sure it tells your truth, in your words.

Watch the video - part two

In this second video, Matt talks more about how easy it is to write about life - because your life matters.