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Littleport Workshop and Slam with Inja and Hollie McNish

Last week, two of the country’s leading performers visited Littleport to give a group of local teenagers advice and tips on writing lyrics, rap and poetry.

The workshop, held on Saturday 20th June, was organised by the Fen Speak Poetry Collective as part of the Isle of Ely Arts Festival, and gave local young people (aged 13-16) the chance to try their hand at creative writing.

Declan gets writing

Declan gets writing


Hosted by award-winning poet Hollie McNish and freestyle rap champion Inja, the six-hour workshop focused on writing for performance, using word association games, writing prompts and a ‘word treasure hunt’ as inspiration in order to produce a series of poems and songs.

Focusing on autobiographical experiences, Hollie encouraged the participants to write about themselves – their likes and dislikes – in order to get creative and explore the issues that were personal to them.

And the group didn’t disappoint, writing some absolutely cracking poems about everything from space battles and daily routines, to sexism and black cherry yoghurt! No topic was off limits, and every one of the young people attending improved their writing over the course of the day, with Hollie and Inja even helping them to brush up on their performance skills too.

Sam preaches poems from the pulpit


The whole event culminated in a great performance, and it was brilliant to see everyone really enjoying themselves, and complimenting each other’s writing too.

In fact, all of the participants came away from the workshop with at least four finished poems and many commented on the fantastic time they’d had working with Inja and Hollie.

So thank you to all our fantastic young poets for sharing their words, and thanks to Hollie and Inja for an excellent workshop! Thanks also to Rev. Howard Robson, Nathan Jones and the supportive team at ADeC.

The Littleport Workshop and Slam was organised by the Fen Speak Poetry Collective in association with Page to Performance, as part of the Isle of Ely Arts Festival. The Isle of Ely Arts Festival is sponsored by Arts Council England, Ely City Council, East Cambridgeshire District Council, the Garage Norwich‎, Ely Cathedral and ADeC.

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