We recently welcomed guest presenter Sarah Sharp, a writer and musician based in Sheffield. Lyrics and narrative are a central part of her songwriting but the isolation of lockdown led to a creative slump. Sarah began experimenting with found poetry, using words cut out of magazines and junk mail, as a way to get past the fear and pressure of the blank page. The little post-it poems she developed now have their own Instagram as Tiny Ransom Notes (they are not ransom notes - but this was her mum's appraisal of them!).
|Click on image above to see gallery of creativity from the workshop|
We hope that this will inspire you to find enjoyment playing with words to create stories and poems. Here are a few links that Sarah recommends:
- d.e.m. (@dempoems) • Instagram photos and videos
- How to Jumpstart Your Creative Process with William S. Burroughs’ Cut-Up Technique | Open Culture
- Tom Phillips - Humument Slideshow
- (2) How David Bowie used 'cut ups' to create lyrics - BBC News - YouTube
- If Not, Winter: Fragments Of Sappho by Anne Carson | Waterstones