August 2020 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

Welcome to our August newsletter, our Little Green Pig mid-summer refresher.  As the long hot humid days wind down and the advent of a new school year looms, we celebrate our regular After School Club members dedication to writing over lockdown with their continued engagement through our virtual programme and we say a huge thank you to our amazing volunteers who contribute so much to our work.  

Hoping that you’ve been managing to enjoy some form of summer break despite the restrictions on travel, here’s another opportunity to kick back for five and read on….

Little Green Pig’s lockdown virtual learning programme

Back in June we updated you on how we’d repositioned our regular after school clubs to the online conference platform, Zoom, and created a suite of digital resources that children could access and share in their own time.  We’ve had an amazing response and submissions of the children’s work have been arriving in our inbox over the last couple of months with our first theme of lockdown, Everyday Heroes, now compiled into the online publication Virtual Voices. Scroll just below the publication to listen to the audio recordings club members sent us to say thank you to their heroes who include NHS workers, the police and Captain Tom Moore; funny, moving and literally life-affirming in equal measures.  

Our second theme, Wild Wild World, invited the children to take advantage of their slowed pace of life to think about the impact of lockdown on the environment and nature.  We’ve had some sobering and inspiring pieces of work that truly capture fears and hopes for the futureWe look forward to sharing the full anthology of Wild Wild World with you in the near future.  

In the meantime, please enjoy the latest in our series of masterclasses from poet, author and playwright Joseph Coehlo on How to write a Clerihew!   A oft forgotten short poem form overshadowed by the limerick or haiku, the clerihew is a humorous, four line, generally biographical or character based poem… have a watch of Joseph’s masterclass who explains it so much better than we can! 

Little Green Pig partying responsibly with club members and volunteers

Adam, our Learning Program & Engagement Manager (he with the curls and crown) shared an image from the end of term club party attended by, amongst others, Captain America, Cookie Monster, dead bridesmaid and The Wall, James Bond and Spidy suit.  The last session was a celebration of all the writing the children had achieved over the weeks, and many said how proud they were having taken part in the online projects.  One of our members (alias Edn Hazard) has particularly grown in confidence with his ideas and wrote an interview ‘Everyone deserves peaceful life’ about the Black Lives Matter movement for his Wild Wild World piece.

We also gathered in Queens Park with many of Little Green Pig’s volunteers for one of our regular get-togethers, making the most of a beautiful summer evening to share a few anecdotes, high points and a little wine.  We are constantly humbled by the dedication and commitment of this amazing group who bring such a diverse array of strengths and talents to our work and enrich the nature of engagement with our children and young people in such a unique way.  You know who you are – thank you for all your time, enthusiasm and investment with the children. Those who weren’t able to join us were hugely missed, but we look forward to seeing you at the next one and welcoming in new recruits.

We are always looking for volunteers to join us, particularly as we embed our work in new areas including Worthing and Eastbourne.  If you or anybody you know who might like to share their personal or professional interest in creative writing is interested in finding out more, do please get in touch here.

A Simple Act of Wonder storytelling workshop with Fabrica, Monday 24th August

Adam will also be hosting an online storytelling workshop as part of Fabrica gallery’s wrap around exhibition events.  Acclaimed artists Walter and Zoniel have created a multi-dimensional installation A Simple Act of Wonder, drawing on the personal stories of the people of Moulsecoomb and Bevendeen and familiar landmarks and sites around the area.  They connect a community on the fringes of Brighton with the gallery in the centre of the city through a colourful art trail throughout the neighbourhood and the gallery bedecked in brightly woven mediums.  A community Little Green Pig has developed a strong relationship with over many years hosted by Moulsecoomb Primary for our Tuesday After School Club, we look forward to welcoming children and parents along to this free online workshop which you can book here.