Report on the first Friends Meeting House Workshop, Wednesday 27th May 2015

The next two main events in the BIWP calendar were a Workshop and Showcase at the Friends Meeting House under the aegis of the Live from Yorktown Poetry Festival. A completely different group of participants was involved, coming this time from Katy Kelletts classes which are held at the Willows Centre in Deane and at Bolton Parish Primary School.

At the Workshop there were twenty-two participants and ten BIWP coordinators helping with translations and reading practice. The fifteen languages concerned were Urdu, Albanian, Nepali, Czech, Romanian, Russian, Tigrinya, Amharic, Farsi, Hungarian, Portuguese, Arabic, Greek, French and Spanish.

After working on the English, with choices offered to the writers for translations, we moved to the bigger room to practice speaking in public and using a microphone. Dave Morgan and Paul Blackburn gave advice on public speaking and on relaxing before speaking. While this was going on, Katy Kellett engaged the children of participants in a drawing competition.