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Your chance to rant about world issues

Two Yorkshire poets will host a workshop for people in Barnsley to rant about issues affecting the world today.

The ‘All the King’s Horses’ event, with poets Matt Abbott and Ray Hearne (pictured) takes place on Saturday 18 November as part of Hear My Voice – a literary programme encouraging people to express themselves using the written and spoken word.

The poets will use nursery rhymes as political comment and satire during the workshop, encouraging people to express themselves through poetry.

The workshop will take place at Barnsley Town Hall in the Council Chamber from 1pm to 3pm and will be followed by an open mic session for people attending the workshop, which will also be open to the general public from 4pm to 5.30pm.

Matt Abbott is a critically acclaimed poet, practitioner and producer, originally from Wakefield, who is a regular at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He said: “In this event we’ll be focusing on traditional nursery rhymes and how we can apply them to the modern world.

“A lot of nursery rhymes told political stories and talked about monarchs or events before newspapers even existed, but nothing really exists in the same way nowadays. Our aim is to get people talking about local, national and international issues and to channel what they are passionate about to create time capsules in the form of a nursery rhyme.

“When Hear My Voice got in touch I was really excited because Barnsley is such a great town. I’m from Wakefield so I connect with many of the local issues.

“I’ve been a political and social activist for as long as I’ve been a poet, so for me the two have always gone hand in hand. I think it’s really important to give people a voice – a lot of people think poetry is not for them, but workshops like these reinforce the fact that it’s for everyone.”

Ray Hearne is a well-known poet and singer-songwriter in South Yorkshire. He said: “We’re living in times where there’s so much noise on the airwaves and in the media, but there’s perhaps less people listening to individual voices. This makes people feel frustrated that their voices are not being heard.

“Hear My Voice is a way that people like us, who have been trying to get our voices heard for a long time, can work with others and show them ways to express themselves through writing, performance and publishing.

“Through the ‘All the King’s Horses’ event we’re hoping to help people find a form in which they can articulate what’s happening in the world right now.”

The Hear My Voice programme encourages people to express themselves using the written and spoken word. The programme is coordinated by Barnsley Museums with support from partners including the Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership (DVLP), Barnsley TUC Training Ltd and Creative Recovery.

To book your tickets on Eventbrite to the ‘All the Kings Horses’ event on Saturday 18 November click here.

For more information about the Hear My Voice programme visit:

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