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GROUNDation Poetry Project

What the Project is

GROUNDation Poetry Project (GPP) is inspired by the success of our first ever spoken word affair – ‘GROUNDation I: Poetry for the People’ that took place in 2013. GPP includes a poetry workshop series, led by renowned poets such as John Hegley, Joelle Taylor and Ty, running both in HMP Wandsworth’s library and various locations in the local Wandsworth community.

Participants will be those both new to poetry and writers of sonnets alike. The workshops will help to enhance creative writing skills, literacy, public speaking and performance skills. Finding a way with words helps to build self-confidence and communication skills. By throwing themselves into active learning and with a little bit of dialogue, debate and expression through writing participants will develop a greater understanding and better relationships with themselves, each other, poetry and their communities.

The Impact

On Wednesday 4th March 2015 GROUNDation II: Poetry, Power, People bought together people on the outside with those on the inside in a creative exchange of the work they had crafted in the workshops, where they shared the work with each other and an audience of family members, prison staff and invited guests from the general public. Assumptions and perceptions were challenged, new ways of communicating were established and most importantly poetry, expression and change was celebrated.

GPP will also be produced a limited edition handcrafted book of poetry, featuring the work of participants from the project. A further two workshops, again inside and outside of the prison, bringing practical paper crafting skills, alongside design, production and business skills, will see groups of poetry workshops participants coming together to physically make 200 books. This publication has not only extended the life of the project but also make the voices of men in prison and Wandsworth local communities accessible to a wider audience.

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