On Saturday 26 of January we launch our first book of poetry. More than hundred people share our happiness for this amazing achievement.
We had 25 people attending the six weeks course.
Thanks to the teachers who generously volunteer their time and knowledge and help to bring more poetry to our community.
Calu Lema facilitated a class of meditation, movement and writing.
Sarah Windslow who facilitated three academic classes about how to use Metaphors, Personification, etc.
Zepryn Tatte facilitated and amazing theatre class to help us to use or voice and body when performing our poems.
Aminah Peralta facilited the last class, meditation and use our the voice in creative environment.
A big round of applause for all of them.
Stratford has been participating in different positive community activities around Newham.
1. International day of Zero tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
2. Against Domestic Violence
3. Supporting SardineDC group
4. International woman day @BeBoldThechange
5. Greenway Day Cleanning
I deeply believe poetry has a transformation power, nor just for individuals who write or love reading poetry but also for the society we live in.
Through poetry we can help others to have a critical and active voice in our community.
Thinking about it, I have some "poetic project" to be focus in 2017
1. Poetry In Action: Participating and supporting local groups initiatives which impact positively our community.
2. Art Is A Bridge, Not a Wall: working in partnership with a local library in Jamundi (Colombia) to create virtual events which creates a link between local artist in Newham & Jamundi.
3. Poetic Roots: An invitation to write and performance in our mother language.
4. Startford Poetry School: The first poetry school in our area - free for our community. A formal and professional course for people who wants to improve their writing skills and also learn how to performance their creations.
If you wan to be involve in it, please keep in contact: email@example.com
Stratford Poetry Group has been running weekly poetry sessions, organizing open mic, poetry exhibition, music events and art performance. I've have a wonderful support from the library but also from individuals (I will dedicate a post just to mentioned each of them) and from the media. Here sharing some articles about the group.
Newham recorder, Newsexpress and radio programs.
Stratford library has agreed to keep a permanent "Poetry Corner".
You can find relevant info about poetry competition, poetry event, news, poem of the week, etc..
Stratford Libray, 3 The Grove E15 Newham, London
Hope you like it and invite friends and family to have a look.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=teqHeP1od7MI have been writing poetry since I have memory. Even when I arrived to London I kept writing in Spanish ( my first language) it has been recently that I start to write poetry in English.
Being organizing and leading Stratford Poetry Group has been an amazing experience and a good opportunity to encourage myself to write poetry in English.
I have noticed how different my mind works and how I express my feelings through another language, it is not only about my vocabulary but also how I express myself and how other people can receive and understand me.
I can see how different we could think just for the fact of talk in another language.
When we have some creative games during our sessions I wrote in Spanish or English and even for the same topic my poems looks very different. It is a deep journey diving into, no just my feelings but also into a different culture and how my mind react about that.
It is not just about poetry I guess, it is also about life.
Here one of my poems from the "Deep Journey" - poetry Booklet.
Waiting room - By Sonia Quintero
I wear my best dress
carefully choose my earing,
and my t-shirt
colors needs to match
I am ready !
Even if your chair is still empty
I will be waiting for you.
Playing with my cup
avoiding seeing my watch
I don't want to believe
you will not be here again.
Oh no, maybe it is just you being late
drink another tea
you will be here soon
I am sure.
The sun disappears
the moon comes to me
and you haven't arrived yet.
I have been in this room before
I remember now
thousand years waiting for you
imagining a hug and a kiss.
But you are still not here my dear
It sounds like ages ago
when you said: wait for me.
I wrote a story in my mind
as I needed to have an end
a proper good bye, wishing you all the best.
I close my journal
you are not here yet
and I will not be again.
Watch the video here:
I would like to share with you the great success we had in our 1st summer poetry festival
It was an amazing opportunity to share with the community, and also acknowledge the amazing talented people we have here at Newham.
It was a powerful and inspirational afternoon and I have already start to work in our next big event: Poetry exhibition on August Sunday 21st 2016 at Stratford library.
As open mic was so successful, it will be part of all our events, so please keep writing!
On Sunday we had music, Tuomo K. playing his guitar, Alvaro Suarez's exhibition, open mic where talented people from all ages participated and I invited to Pilar lopez, a Spanish singer, poet and activist to join me in my last performance.
Here the video.
Sonia Quintero Poet and organizer of Stratford Poetry group.