As part of a Work Placement module, LSMedia writer Mia Harbey has been working closely with a fantastic organisation called The Windows Project.
The Windows Project is a charitable trust, established in 1976, with the aim to ‘diffuse the knowledge and appreciation of language as a creative medium, thus improving the facility in that language.’
Based in Liverpool, but open to travelling around the country, The Windows Project and the writers and artists it is associated with run workshops in schools, playschemes, youth clubs, libraries, colleges and day centres for the elderly and the disabled. These projects are supported by Liverpool City Council, grant making trusts and the schools themselves.
The Windows Project has designed board games, card games and tabletop fairground-style sideshows to introduce participants to ideas and encourage creativity through writing. After attending and helping out with a few of the school-based workshops, The Windows Project has recently run, I have seen firsthand that the writers do a fantastic job of influencing and exciting children, by showing the enjoyment that can be had through literature.
There are many writers and artists attached to The Windows Project who each offer different aspects to workshops. One of them is Curtis Watt, a Liverpool based performance poet and MC. Rhythms and riddles feature strongly in Curtis’s energetic performances, and he uses an African djembe drum to provide an effective accompaniment to his verse! Workshop participants are encouraged to join in with his performances, as well as being inspired to produce their own poems, raps and songs. The picture to the left shows Curtis performing recently at a local primary school.
The Windows Project also has many free events that the public can get involved in, but students may not currently be aware of. The popular ‘Writing Advice Desk’ is held at Liverpool Central Library (William Brown Street, L3 8EW). Those interested are invited to drop in between 5.30pm and 7.30pm on the first Wednesday of every month. At the Desk, you can receive friendly, on-the-spot appraisal and advice from established writers on your poems, stories and scripts. As well as this, you can find out details of publishing opportunities, performance venues, workshops and courses.
‘Talking Poetry’ is another event that The Windows Project is involved in. The free gatherings, held at The Bluecoat, School Lane, Liverpool L1 3BX, provide an opportunity to listen to and discuss an eclectic mix of archival poetry recordings. Talking Poetry events are always lively and informal, with participants being encouraged to bring along their own favourite recordings. Over the past year, the series has included recordings on vinyl, audiotape, CD and downloads: poets reading their own poetry, poets reading other poet’s work, actors reading well-known poems, poetry set to music and poems read in translation.
As well as this, The Windows Project produces the well-respected magazine, Smoke, that was launched in 1974. The magazine maintains ‘a simple format of sharp insightful poems and strong black and white graphics, with an international subscription list, and submissions from all over the world.’
The Windows Project also maintains a Small Press Poetry Library of independent journals and magazines, dating back to the mid-1960s, at Liverpool Central Library – a fantastic resource for research.
So as you can see, The Windows Project is actively seeking to encourage the enjoyment of literature in this region and beyond. Perhaps you would like to take advantage of some of the amazing opportunities The Windows Project offers, or perhaps you would like to find out how you can get involved. Either way, if you would like to find out more information about The Windows Project, please visit:
- Their website at http://www.windowsproject.co.uk
- Their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/WindowsProject
- Their Twitter page at https://twitter.com/WindowsProject_
- Or for further enquiries, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0771 064 4325.