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Creative writing, poetry and spoken word

Thu 21 January

Creative Writing & Poetry - SOLD OUT

Come together in an online group with others for 2 hours of creative expression through writing, poetry and spoken word with local artist Jenny Berry.

Exploring themes linked to wellbeing, isolation, community and togetherness, this supportive environment will nurture your own creative thoughts and ideas whilst learning new skills.

Who: Anyone aged 18+ No experience necessary, just come along and have a go. Sign up for 5 weeks to take part in the full course.

Where: This 5 week course will take place on Zoom. Book a free ticket via The Lowry Box office & you will be sent a zoom link the day before.


Jenny Berry

Jenny regularly performs poetry and is a speaker at events within mental health and the criminal justice system. Her work is often broadcast on BBC Manchester and other local stations. Her words can be found on landmarks across Salford. She specialises in running prison poetry workshops and works with addicts and community groups using words for wellbeing. Her first poetry collection ‘The Great Escape’ was published in 2020, this little chap book is a semi autobiographic account of her own experiences of being a prison poet.

Poetry Workshop Outline

This poetry workshop will use poetry, a little taboo vocabulary and humour in a safe way to enable self expression. In the current times when artists are being casually asked to retrain it is any wonder we are feeling a little frustrated? The power of words can be therapeutic, comedic and uplifting. In fact you are in control of how you receive language -give it the power it deserves or don’t! There’s scientific evidence that the odd swear word can help to release tension in certain situations. If you think I am talking faeces I highly recommend ‘Forbidden Words’ by Keith Allan & Kate Burridge.

Using her own performance poetry Jenny will introduce ‘poetry for expression’. Through creative ice breakers, writing prompts and taboo vocabulary mixed with real experiences the group will engage in writing their own poem to help vent or express something in their life. The aim of the workshop is not to create a masterpiece poem, it is to creatively engage in language use in a way to express yourself a little differently.