In January 2016, Cynthia and Margaret from the Pershore Heritage & History Society, took a few choice pieces from the Heritage Centre collection along to the Library to provide inspiration for the Pershore Young Writers group.
Brenda Read-Brown, poet laureate of Gloucestershire, led 2 sessions with the Pershore Young Writers, a group of children aged 8-12 who meet once a month in Pershore library.
She wrote this piece for us about the experience…
This is one of a number of young people’s writing groups run, throughout the region, by Writing West Midlands. Following our normal January session, in which we wrote poems about the lives of soldiers on the front during World War 1, we had an additional session as part of the Plumlines project. Cynthia and Margaret from the Pershore Heritage Centre very kindly brought along some artefacts and photographs, and some of the young people too brought memories of family members. We thought about the lives of ordinary women and some more famous ones, and the young people wrote some excellent poems about what it must have been like.
The children worked really hard, and I think everyone learned a lot from these sessions – even Cynthia and Margaret!