Thursday afternoon saw the final visit of writer Dean Parkin to Coppice Court, a supported housing scheme for young families. Over three days, Dean worked with around 15 adults from the area to develop their own poems about the beach, a sea battle, and what it’s like living in Lowestoft today. While many of the participants had never written poems or short stories before, many participants expressed an interest in continuing writing after learning a few techniques from the professional.
One participant said: “I’ve been wanting to write a sitcom for years, and speaking to Dean and learning the techniques of just writing words down and not necessarily needing a specific place to start or finish was great, because that’s always the hardest thing – not knowing where to start.”
Another participant marvelled at how getting simple words down on paper allowed the group to mould and shape them into meaningful poems. “At first, I didn’t really think I was into writing, but after the workshops, I think I’d like to continue because it was just great.”
Coppice Court is one of the community groups that will contribute poems to the Celebration of the Sea performances on Friday 3 July, featuring local residents and professional musicians from the RPO performing new pieces of music and word, all about Lowestoft.
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This project is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and the Suffolk Community Foundation Michael Ben Howes Fund.