Last month’s workshop, led by Anthony Hett & Laila Sumpton, explored how dialogue can add to a poem, and looked at what script-writing skills can be used to give characters a voice. Here’s a short film by Anthony titled ‘letters’ which was used in the workshop to show the importance of dialogue and word choice.



by Donall Dempsey

the geese flew on and out of my childhood

leaving me returning each new year

to find that same moment when I was 9

seeing the geese now with different eyes

but somehow still that little boy

seeing them for the first time

the geese flying on and out into forever. . .

. . .snow has fallen in love with the world

dressing everything in the same crisp white quiet

icicles hang from the blue tricycle

a lost green glove creeps across the front yard

soon my daughter all 9 years of her

will awake to find the dream made real

a forgotten doll gazes up at me

from the bottom of the frozen pond

I write you a Christmas card as I do each year

sign it love as I always do

forgetting that

you are dead.

(This piece was written by Donall at one of our creative writing workshops. If you have been to one of our workshops and would like to submit a poem or a piece of writing for our blog, please leave us a message or a comment. We'd love to post your stuff. Thank you Donall!)

This Sunday we’ll be holding another free creative writing session at Keats House Museum led by Sonority Turner and Anthony Hett:

Here’s a short poem by Anthony titled ‘Already Awkward’ detailing a humorous exchange that was had during an Ultrasound scan.

The piece was written in reference to raising awareness for testicular cancer.

See you this sunday!