Met two wonderful Tazanian teachers at Hartside Primary School, today. They showed us how to tie kangas. What versatile things they are, these seemingly simple rectangles of cloth. They’re as long as the span of your outstretched arm and wide enough to cover you from neck to knee or breast to toe.
For my part, I tied the children up with poetry by Grace Nichols 😀 and they made some fantastic efforts at their own versions of ‘Wha Me Mudda Do’, showing how versatile words are too!
There’s a Tanzanian saying, ‘The kanga struts in style, wear it with a smile’
Hartside struts its beat. our poetry is neat! ;D
Off to Corporation Road School and Reid Street School in Darlington tomorrow to have a quick run through of their poems in time for Poetry round the Bandstand in North Lodge Park next Wednesday, 25 May at 11 am. Come along if you’re in the area and listen to some of the fantastic poems written by the children about North Lodge Park.
I also had my last formal session with Foggy Furze Writers in Hartlepool this week. I’ve really enjoyed being with them and I hope they continue to meet as a voluntary, independent group, and of course I continue to work with Foyle Street Writers in Sunderland. They’re preparing poems for postcards ready for the Sunderland Waterfront Festival at the end of June. So busy, busy, must get off to bed now, I’m not as young as I was! 🙁