November 22, Spanish rapper El Chojín at LYA

On November 22nd, from 6-8pm at the Mandela Centre in Chapeltown, LYA will be visited by El Chojín.

El Chojín is one of Spain’s best-known hip-hop artists, especially on account of his use of rap to raise awareness about racism and other social injustices, such as gender violence and political corruption. On his visit to Leeds, he would like to hear from young writers in the city about their lives and work, and to exchange ideas and opinions with you about these and other issues in the UK and Leeds in particular.

Don’t miss it! All welcome!

This is his website: http://elchojin.net/site/

Image sources: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mirwav/4157277109, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Chojin_(3521733976).jpg

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Tuesdays at Mandela Centre

Leeds Young Authors has resumed weekly drop-in writing sessions for young writers. They are taking place each Tuesday from 6-8pm at the Mandela Community Centre in Chapeltown, Leeds.

Come on down!

 

 

 

 

‘Visible’

At tonight’s LYA workshop we kept developing the poems begun last week on the topic of ‘invisibility’. After sharing the draft poems, we spoke about how to use lines and stanzas to improve poem structure, and about metaphor and other literary devices to strengthen our writing. Drafting and re-drafting are a fundamental part of the artistic process of transforming an idea into a piece that’s ready for publication or performance.

After sharing our second drafts and exchanging feedback on the product and the process, we ended with a free-write on the theme of ‘visibility’. We wrote about confidence, being in the spotlight, being on the spot, popularity, … To be continued next week…

‘Invisible’

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Another great LYA drop-in workshop at the West Yorkshire Playhouse last night! We started out by discussing upcoming LYA performances (check them out on the Performances & Events section of this website), the upcoming Voices of a New Generation festival that LYA is hosting, and then did a free-write on the theme of ‘invisible’.

The poets worked their artistic magic into poems that explored invisibility from diverse angles – from feeling invisible in social groups, to the impossibility of going offline from social media. The poems reminded us that invisibility is simultaneously a limitation and a place to escape to.

The session finished by sharing our draft poems and our feedback. As always, the feedback built on the strengths of our writing and performance to help reach new levels.

Finally, the whole group discussed the progress being made by the team that is aspiring to represent LYA, Leeds, Yorkshire and the UK at the Brave New Voices poetry slam in Washington DC in July. Go team!

Join us next Tuesday evening at the West Yorkshire Playhouse at 6pm for another stimulating workshop.