YAG Workshop, Saturday 28 June 2014

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YAG Workshop, Saturday 28 June 2014

Today was our second workshop with Spoken Word Artist Izara B. We reflected on the objects we’d found last time in Nelson, Navy, Nation  and then worked with Izara to refine and perform our spoken word pieces. Today was also the Caird Library Open Day and so we got to meet some of the Archives team to see original letters from the Georgian Navy.

Looking at the letters and love tokens sent by sailors to their loved ones

Looking at the letters and love tokens sent by sailors to their loved ones

Looking at Nelson's writing set and seal

Looking at Nelson’s writing set and seal

Visiting the Caird Library to see archive material

Visiting the Caird Library to see archive material

Meeting Archivist, Martin Salmon

Meeting Archivist, Martin Salmon

Here are some of the Group’s writings:

Only means of communication
Love and emotion that could sweep the nation
Nelson’s navy nation

Letters would be unique
Expressing emotions
Inked onto paper
Letters would grow more personal
Personal, to bridge the gap
Gap so big from home to sea and back

People who have been dead for ages
Their possessions still remain
These letters tell stories
They help them to cope with the suffering and pain

Two weeks to get to reply maybe
Maybe they would ok
Ok at home, ok at sea
See how things go, and wait until they get back to me

Until you’ve read what someone’s written
You don’t what’s in their mind
They share a story, they shape a story
From people who no longer remain
And people who were left behind

By Temitope and Kemi

Kemi and Temi reading out their work

Kemi and Temi reading out their work

A gold coin, a token of your love
Love that cannot be swept away
Away you left out to sea
Sea that took you away from me

A gold coin weighing in my hand heavy
Heavy hearted I say farewell
Farewell for now
Now I stand on my own

A gold coin that feels so light
Light with your promises
Promises to return home
Home reawakened when you return

A gold coin, a token of our marriage
Marriage as lovely as the sea and sky
Sky which holds a blanket of stars
Stars which look upon you every night

By Asmaa and Rasni

Asmaa and Rasni reading out their work

Asmaa and Rasni reading out their work

The ships leaving the dock
Our lover’s hearts chained to the dock
Communication few and far between
Many men never to be seen

Children and I man a ship
A tiresome and treacherous trip
The luxury and familiarity of home life
Sought to provide for parents, family and wife

A heavy wax seal
Concealing all that I feel
The glass vial containing all of my ink
Helps me to pour out all that I think

For the wax, light my candle
The sentiment more than I can handle
I am uncertain of the journey of this letter
I wait for the day our situation betters

By Asmaa

These letters tell stories
These possessions still remain
Expressed emotions

By Kemi

The most common things
Like a tool for survival
At home and at sea

By Temitope

Top ways of writing!

Top ways of writing!

Can you still hear each other?!

Can you still hear each other?!

Practicing projecting our voices

Practicing projecting our voices

Working with Izara

Working with Izara

Practicing our Spoken Word Poems

Practicing our Spoken Word Poems

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