Nature Poems Hidden Histories & New Films September News From Little Green Pig

Dear Friends,

Welcome to our September newsletter – the month of harvest and gathering, hay bales, longer shadows and shorter days. And as the new school term sees empty chairs vacated after bidding a fond farewell to our year 6’s last term, we’ve been putting the call out for new After School Club members to join us.  So on the theme of nature, it was a joy to be able to invite new recruits to Tuesday Club based in Moulsecoomb to join us on a visit to a local farm to get a taste of what they can look forward to as part of the Little Green Pig family.  We’ve also uploaded some great masterclasses on our Youtube channel following on from our Hidden Histories project and are delighted to share our short film of the end of term project at The Laurels Primary School in Worthing.  Read on for our latest news….

Down on the Farm

Over the summer, we’ve been planning the relaunch of Tuesday Club, based in Moulsecoomb where we also welcome pupils from neighbouring Coldean and Bevendean communities.  To help spread the word we organised  a unique taster session, made possible through the generous support of the Stephen and Laura Vakil Foundation, for our new club members to experience a workshop in the beautiful surroundings of a local farm.  Joined by some of our regular Monday Club members from East Brighton (some of our best advocates !), fourteen young people, accompanied by Little Green Pig workshop leaders, volunteer story mentors and an illustrator, made a tour of the 40 acre farm, meeting Stumpy the pig, Finley the horse, and feeding a flock of friendly chickens.  It was a day that served to remind us how important it is for young people to experience and connect with nature; how sensory sights and smells can spark the imagination and the special bond that some children can find with animals.  The day rounded off with a series of writing and illustration activities where the children produced amazing pieces of work, one of which was this particular gem:

Hidden Histories Masterclasses

Last month we reported on our Hidden Histories project at Patcham High School, when writer Akila Richards and illustrator Jade Hylton worked with 13 pupils exploring themes of heritage, identity and migration. As part of the project and to open the conversation to broader groups of young people, we invited four creatives to produce a masterclass on their artistic process that can help to express what makes us who we are.  You can watch Inko Ai Takita’s masterclass on how to draw a manga character (above), or watch multi-media artist Jade Hylton’s class on how to work with clay to produce a self-portrait.  Poet and playwright Tanaka Mhishi shares 5 tips on writing autobiography, with the message ‘Don’t box yourself in!’ while Akila Richards considers the dynamics behind writing about rituals, ceremonies and celebrations.  A wonderfully diverse range of perspectives that applauds exactly what the project seeks to unpick and is worth a watch by even the most confident and experienced of writers and artists.

Tripping the light fantastic with pupils from Laurels Primary School

National Poetry Day

National Poetry Day lands on Thursday 7th October, celebrating the theme of ‘Choice’. Share a poem with us (or an image of a poem you’ve written?) on one of our social media platforms using the hashtag #nationalpoetryday ! Meanwhile, we’re using the opportunity to dedicate the following verse to our wonderful volunteers without whom we couldn’t hope to do what we do.

Dedicated Hearts

Dedicated hearts like yours
Are not so easy to find.
It takes a special person to be
So generous and kind.

To care so much for your fellow man
Is a quality all too rare.
Yet you give of your time and talents,
For all in need to share.

So thank you for being a volunteer,
We’re privileged to work with you.
We want you to know how appreciated you are,
Not just today, but the whole year through.