Last year was a great one not just because of my appointment as young poet laureate but also because of all the amazing opportunities I had. I was fortunate enough to be a guest at an English lecture at Aston university alongside Kurly McGeachie this was an uplifting event as the audience were year 10 and 11s from schools around Birmingham and it was great to see that I was supported by my peers and I could inspire them.
In this new year I am excited to see what it holds, already I have events lined up and some I have done already. I went to Aldridge school to talk with year 7 and 8 students and congratulate them on their fund raising for charity, there were some interesting questions asked but I really enjoyed meeting everyone and hearing about the money they raised with there Read-athon.
Holocaust Memorial Day was January 27 and had the them of Journeys I was honoured to be apart of it. Hearing the stories from survivors was very humbling and inspiring. It was an amazing experience being able to share my poem "It's the Journey that makes the Destination worth it" and performing alongside the adult poet laureate as well.
Mosley school visited the library for a ballon launch in aid of literacy and reading, they let off balloons and hoped for responses about good books that people have read. I talked a bit with the students about my writing and what I enjoy about reading and shared a poem "there is power in words" Personally I really enjoyed reading "The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde because of Wilde's insightful and metaphorical views on society that can be applied to present times as well as the past.
I was at Selfridges Yesterday for the Festival of imagination, where I performed my commissioned poem "Who can define Creativity"it was great. When writing this poem I thought about what creativity was to me. Since I go to the Birmingham Ormiston academy for creative arts I was inspired by all the different people there; the actors, dancers, artists and the range of performers in general. I thought about how self expression is from the perspective of the individual and the fact that the definition of creativity is often determined by the individual. Like the phrase beauty is in the eye of the beholder creativity and expression is from the perspective of the individual. Through out the poem I wanted it to feel like a journey of discovery which is why I talk about different creative people and there approach to art and creative expression, the whole point of this poem is to promote individuality and self expression because when I ask "Who can define creativity" really it's rhetorical and it questions what we think is amazing and what we don't, depending on how flamboyant it is rather than the beauty in simplicity. I also read my poem "My History" that I wrote for black history month. I thought it was relevant for the event because my history is a big inspiration in my life as my family and people around me are big influences especially when writing.