We tell stories
The clue is in the name ... telling stories is at the heart of what we do and what we are about: so it instantly struck me that it would be a perfect thing to share with the Stories of Hope and Home participants. Reflecting on the whys and wherefore of story-telling is essential if we are to ensure our participants are making informed choices about what and how and why they share their stories, and this poem was a great vehicle for doing some of that.
I love poetry: I hope I have been able to impart some of that love to many of those I have worked and shared life with over time. Contrary to what many people think, hidden behind the barriers of "but I don't do / don't understand poetry", I believe poetry can be an incredibly accessible format for non-native speakers to explore and express themes, ideas and emotions.
So over a number of weeks, first in person, face-to-face when such things used to be allowed, and later, like the rest of the world, through the wonders of modern technology; we reflected on and explored first the great depths hidden within the original poem; then our own depths of experience as story-sharers: those who tell, and those who listen, to all the stories within and around us.
And then we wrote.
And that, became this.
* not everyone wants their name published online, but we are extremely grateful to the twenty-five people, of seventeen different nationalities, whose contributions created this piece.