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Rabina Khan works with Tahirah and Puja.
'Home is more than a postcode'.
Often young people are daunted by the prospect of writing creative pieces. I used some literacy techniques that help develop writing skills to produce a series of poems with the HOME participants.
Contributers to the collective poems
TAHIPAH (19), SAYED KHAN (19), TENDEI CHIURE (21), TARUE MIAH, RAHELA (18), ABDI ADEM, ZAMAN QUTBUZ, RAHIMA MORIR, SHELINA SAMAD, AHMED MUSA (19), YINKA AKINYISOA, ZAKIA HUSSEN (24), ABDULLAH KHAN (21), ABID KHAN (17), MESHA PIYCE (19), AMINA BEGUM (21), ASHLEIGH WEEKES (17), MICHAEL PICKIN (18), VANAMAN AKA MOHAMED (20), NAWEZ MUNGROO (20). OMAR HUSSAIN (17), RASHEDA KHANUM (17), ROSIE BEGUM (17), RIYA BEGUM (16), SAMED ALI (25), HMIM, TAHMINA YASMIN (16), NATASHA JEANETTE HOLMES.
The way I chose to engage young people in creative writing on the HOME project was by developing the idea of Postcard Thoughts.
Participants wrote down ideas, thoughts and comments about the themes they’d explored over the weeks, through photography, radio and video, on 'postcards'.
Some of these comments were then collated and edited into two group poems. One is called HOME IS MORE THAN A POSTCODE, a reflection of the concept behind the project. The other is called SEX AND LOVE.
In addition I spent one day with some participants to write down individual poems using their Postcard Thoughts as a base. Eventually the poems became an anthology for the Home Project, and the highlights are published below.
WORRIES, by Zakia Hussen
Why is it that worries lead to many things?
HOME IS MORE THAN A POSTCODE - a collective poem created during the HOME project.
My home is where I find a kind of love,
In life I've found that money makes the world go around,
What's life without family and friends?
The devil's game of shopping creates a false sense of warmth.
The family is the most important institution in society,
My home is a place where I feel happy and safe.
My area does not shape my identity nor define me.
SECRET SINS by Puja Majithia
The other day I saw a bra for £95
Think before you buy….
SECURITY by Tahirah Edwards Byfield.
Security is a virtue.
Amidst these old dark streets,
ALIVE by Mohammed Mahbub Hussain
I am proud to be who I am
SEX AND LOVE - a collective poem.
I am never jealous because I always get sex,
Hell is what I hate, heaven is what I want.
Identity is what I have
My dreams involves the heaven,
And you will go to heaven.
last updated: 01/04/2008 at 16:42