My scribbles from a Peterloo writing workshop

I attended a Peterloo writing workshop at the weekend. I’m sharing my scribbles here, because I doubt I can send them anywhere.

 

The first activity was to pair up with another writer and find out five facts about them. Then we had to write a paragraph about that person, using those facts.

 

The five facts were:

Lives in Leeds

In his mid-forties

Speaks Spanish

Likes poetry

Would like to visit Egypt

 

I wrote:

He lived in Leeds for a long time, before he finally fulfilled his lifelong dream of moving to Egypt, where he lost his return ticket and thought “to hell with it” and stayed there.

As he likes poetry, he started a night where he read poetry in Spanish. Nobody understood a word he said, but they liked the sound of his words and paid lots of money to listen to him.

Now in his forties, he has been able to retire with all the money he earned from this.

 

For the second activity, we had to write about finding an item belonging to that person, if a similar event to Peterloo happened today.

 

A Place Without Shoes

Among the deserted phones, bottles and keys

Black, except for the read

The letter N, obscured on the trainer

I called out for its owner

As if that would cause him to appear

But this wasn’t a fairy-tale

More like a horror story

He wouldn’t get far without his shoes

But I feared he no longer needed shoes

 

For the last exercise, we to write something based on what might happen twelve months after the event.

 

Death by Trainer

They arrived in droves from Egypt

Where he was much loved

And from Spain

Where his poetry touched lives

Each one waving a trainer

As a symbol of the one they lost

Nobody was sure whether the first or the hundredth

Was the one to hit its mark

But the prime minister’s cause of death

Was record as death by trainer

After they were all hurtled through the air

In perfect synchronicity

 

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