Poetry: Capturing the Moment workshop

The Hoardings exhibition at the City Gallery.

The Hoardings exhibition at the City Gallery.

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We all have photos and objects in our possession that conjure up strong memories, smells and emotions of our past, our families and loves.

It is these objects that have often been the starting point for some of our country’s most treasured poetry and literature.

Inspired by the 100 journals that form the Hoarding exhibition at City Gallery, local poet performer Keely Mills is inviting aspiring poets and writers to bring along valued objects like old family photographs to construct poems and narratives based on them on Saturday (25 January).

Participants will be able to create beautiful and powerful journal/scrapbook entries that will capture their thoughts, feelings and memories using poetry techniques.

They will also get a chance to workshop these new pieces using written, performance and craft skills too.

This workshop is led by Keely, who has over 10 years’ experience as a workshop leader and has performed for the last eight years across the UK and with poets such as John Cooper Clarke.

Keely has a keen interest and skill in preserving memories through storytelling and poetry inspired by the image.

Her most recent show ‘You can’t be surprised by a Selfie’ played to a sell-out audience in December 2014.

The workshop, entitled ‘Capturing the Moment’ takes place on Saturday, January 24, from 2 – 4pm at City Gallery, Peterborough Museum.

Places are free, but limited, so booking is recommended – contact Metal on 01733 893 077, email Ruth on ruth@metalculture.com or visit www.metalculture.com/whats-on.

The Capturing the Moment workshop is just one of a programme of events and workshops being programmed by arts organisation Metal as part of their successful exhibition Hoarding at City Gallery.

The exhibition features over 100 journals written by local residents, alongside a series of specially commissioned billboards which were located across the city in September 2014.

Hoarding explores public and private thought and invites visitors to contribute by adding to collective journals and responding to the billboard questions.

The exhibition runs until 22 February.