Homefound: take part in this crowd-sourced poem!

Saturday 11 July 2020

(c) Catherine Wilson

We're delighted to be working with the poet Catherine Wilson who is creating a special crowd-sourced poem for StAnza, with your help! You can listen to her explain it in this video, or read about it here. So, over to Catherine!

"Hello, my name is Catherine Wilson and I'm an Edinburgh-based spoken word poet and writer and I'm working on a project where I need YOUR words! I'm creating a crowd-sourced, scavenger hunt digital poem.

How does that work? I'm very glad that you asked.

I'm working on a project called Homefound which aims to connect with people who are shielding or struggling to leave the house for whatever reason to show how far a word can travel, even when we can't.

If you want to join in then here's how you do it. Step 1: I want you to think about what's made you happy during lockdown. It could be as big as connecting with your family or as small but, equally important, as having a cheese toastie for lunch.

Once you've got a word or phrase in your head, you're ready to move onto Step 1.

This is where the scavenging comes in!

I want you to take a metaphorical photograph. That's just a really fancy way of me saying "a photo that represents what you're talking about... but isn't of what you're talking about."

Let me explain. If what's been keeping you happy during lockdown is something like "sunshine". You could submit a photo of sunscreen or sunglasses or something round and yellow or the big light turned on in your living room. The odder the better, though bonus points if you find something you thought you'd lost whilst hunting through your house.

If you're able to go outside you can take your photos whilst you're out and about or you can do it entirely within your own home, it's up to you.

When you've got your word and you've got your photo you're going to submit them to me, and I'm going to put them together into one big poem.

You need to email them to homefoundpoem@gmail.com

Don't forget to attach your photo and don't forget to mention your word or phrase in the body of the email.

We'd also love to hear a little bit about you, maybe your name and where in the world you're sending your word from.

So to recap:
Step 1 - think of a word or phrase that sums up what's made you happy during lockdown
Step 2 - take a metaphorical photograph of it
Step 3 - submit both to homefoundpoem@gmail.com

So what are you waiting for? We've all been saying lockdown is the perfect time to write a novel, so why not contribute to an online poem.

Thank you so much for listening to me talk about my project and get excited about poetry. And thank you too to StAnza Poetry Festival for supporting this project through their Micro Commissions. I cannot wait to create a poem with you all!"

And here's that video again.