Having previously worked with him on a project which explored life in World War 1 we approached professional poet Ben Mellor to ask whether he could deliver some poetry workshops for Young People as part of the Wonders of Wythenshawe.
the concept: We wanted Young People of all ages and abilities to be able to express their heritage through the written and spoken word. Ben started with some ideas which the Project Team gave him and then developed them with the Young People. Once they had written and refined their work he encouraged them to share them with each other. He then came back to work on Performance Skills. A number of the Young People performed their poems at the Showcase, supported by Ben, and their poems are included in the mural and the book.