The Walking Words poetry, printmaking and zine project was delivered in 2019 at Surrey Square Primary School, Walworth. A total of 21 after-school workshop sessions were delivered across 3 terms benefitting 30 individual children (i.e. 10 individual children per term).
The children also performed their poetry and displayed their printmaking designs at Surrey Square School Summer Fete, attended by 350 people; and at Tate Modern’s Tate Exchange as part of The School For Civic Action for 50 people which included representatives from Team London Bridge.
The School is situated near the Old Kent Road, which is area experiencing poor air quality. Edible Rotherhithe commissioned qualified poetry, printmaking, and zine tutors – Phoebe York, Sanira Emon and Amy Browne – to inspire the children to create their own poems around environmental issues important to them and printmaking designs (in terms 1 and 2) which were worn during public poetry performances.
Walking words gallery
The zine journalists (in term 3) collated the poetry, images and information from the previous two terms to create The Walking Words zine. By the end of the project, 30 children developed the following skills: oracy, printmaking, presentation, literacy, creative writing, journalism, teamwork; and have increased their confidence. The children had also been given opportunities to perform their poetry and printmaking and showcase their skills and talents to 400 people at the School and at Tate Exchange. Walking Words was made possible through the generous support of Team London Bridge.