At Little Green Pig, we love taking writing out the classroom. One area we are particularly interested in at the moment is ‘wild writing’ out in nature. Therefore we were thrilled to recently be awarded funding from the East Brighton Trust to work in partnership with Moulsecoomb Forest Garden on a project with Moulsecoomb Primary School. We’ve been long term fans of the work Moulsecoomb Forest Garden do in the local community, and this was a perfect project to test out some of our ‘wild writing’ ideas and build relationships with children at the school ahead of our three month residency there in 2018.
We led 26 Year 4 students (aged eight and nine) through the wind and rain to freely explore the garden as a muse for their own creative poems. Through interactive games, free writing and collaging in the first week, the children went on to forage and unearth their own nature motif and write their own eight line poem, inspired by William Carlos Williams’ ‘The Red Wheelbarrow’
With motifs ranging from gnarled bits of twig to found pieces of broken terracotta, each child wrote their own poem that were celebrated and shared around the roaring garden fire –the very best place for sharing stories we think. Some of our favourite lines included “A tall tree trunk, next to juicy raspberries” and “The green wheelbarrow is dead and rotten, lying by a shed near the grass on the mud.” Their poems and collages will go on to be shared in a school assembly to all their peers in the New Year. We look forward to more wild writing in 2018.