October Newsletter

Dear friends,

As the days become shorter, leaves fall and pumpkins return for their annual parade on our garden walls and window sills, we’re delighting in seasonal cosiness to fend off concerns the winter months may bring.  It’s a time to remember how therapeutic writing can be; a chance to expand our world through a story, to bring friends closer through a letter or to capture a vista through a poem.  And that’s exactly what we asked the children attending our After School Clubs to do to celebrate National Poetry Day….

National Poetry Day

This year, National Poetry Day fell on 1st October, focused on the theme of ‘Vision’.  The contributions from our young authors were absolutely brilliant and championed issues big and small from the best fried chicken (almost as good as donuts!) to a world in which friendships were made and strengthened through volleyball.  But this one from Suzie, 10, choked us a little and was all the better for her beautiful layout.

Save the planet

Flowers grow, pollution rises

Animals roam, plastic thrown

The earth is dying and people

will be crying.  The vision

is big but the planet

is bigger.  You may

think I’m lying

but trust

me I’m

crying.

And the award goes to…

Huge congratulations to our patron Daniel Hahn who was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honors for services to literature and his specialism in translation.  A prolific writer, Daniel is an author, editor and translator with over 60 books to his name and a regular contributor to Words without Borders promoting international literature. His work includes translations from Europe, Africa and the Americas (encompassing fiction, children’s books and plays) and a number of non-fiction books including The Oxford Companion to Children’s Literature.  His already heaving mantlepiece hosts the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, The International Dublin Literary Award and the Blue Peter Book Award.  Mr Hahn, we thank you and salute you for all you do for the written word and Little Green Pig.

And another Thank You…

A resounding thank you to the National Lottery Community Fund and the Foyle Foundation for their generous grants to Little Green Pig, helping us through these uncertain financial times.  In a highly competitive arena, these awards are testimony to the value and importance of the work our amazing workshop leaders and volunteers do with the children and young people who attend our clubs and projects.  It’s more vital than ever to provide a space for young people to express themselves and particularly at a time when access to the arts and culture has been so limited.  While we can’t wait to get back into schools, we’re proud of the calibre of the work we’re able to continue to deliver through digital platforms, allowing us to keep the Little Green Pig family alive and thriving.  If you’re in any way able to support us through a one off donation, by joining our Little Green Fiver club or helping us to share our mission with creative writing, literature-loving friends and family, we would be truly grateful.

And finally a date for you diary

Adam Webb, our Learning and Engagement Manager will be hosting a face to face workshop at Fabrica gallery for up to 12 young people,  where they’ll write responses to the current exhibition ‘Earthworks’. The exhibition is a vast immersive moving image installation based on the phenomena of landscape by Semiconductor artists Joe Gerhardt and Ruth Jarman.  Adam will invite young writers to respond to the themes of our environment, topography and the Earth’s geology through thought-provoking discussions and word-play.

Saturday 14 November, 11-12.30pm
Book here

We look forward to sharing more news with you in November!