Third Session, Wednesday 2nd October 2019 with Jamal Khan, Poet, Performer & Creative Writer.
It is said a picture speaks a thousand words and by and large I would be in agreement with that, particularly if you are a visual person and adept at reading an image like a book. However, writing, particularly creatively adds another dimension to creative expression and packs the power to release what might be difficult to draw, or say out loud.
Oftentimes, I have found the ability to let the lid off the bottled up emotions and thoughts through creative writing and found it a useful tool to make sense of the world around (me) us. Jamal’s session made it very clear that this had been the case for him during his several years, from the age of 15 in the CJS.
Having Jamal, express this viscerally in front of a class of 12, some of whom are living through the CJS at present, had a profound effect on many present.
We cannot begin to understand the actions of another person, wherever that person may be, if we are not prepared to listen without judgment and give that person our time at no cost. Having this opportunity in HMP Springhill, underpinned by the wisdom of Desiderata, broadened the perspective of many present.
CoFacilitator, Hector Garay told us about his schooling in Spain, which had been prompted by the green biros we were using in the session:
“Green is the colour of nature and plants. Its presence has increased in the last decade linked to recycling and the ecologist movement, but few people know it has been used for more than a century for writing purposes.
In latin-based languages, “green” (vert, verde..) is also the colour for “hope” (or “esperanza”).
That’s why when an attempt to create a common language called Esperanto, as an universal way for people from different cultures to communicate and understand each other, green was the proposed colour to write it.
There are still today communities all over the world that use this language to supress the barriers of communication and they still use green to write it, “hoping” some day we all understand each other, regardless our culture or the language we speak.”
As Hector’s words suggest; it is clear to me that having the tool of creative writing is a real enabler for anyone wishing to take steps towards a better future; not only that, but in finding strength through writing, many present were led to gaining the courage to speak before other people.
It is also worth noting, the words which Title the blogs are all taken from the feedback collected from each session, written anonymously by the participants in the session.
Our next, fourth session in Springhill will be in Lino Art with Alexandra Buckle.