Every year, Chapel FM hosts numerous writers and readers On Air for this four-day writing festival. This year, three hundred writers, readers and performers from the ages of eight to ninety-four took part in this legendary event. We were lucky to be a part of them. Sam, Noreesha, Chloe and I gathered some of our poetry and decided to bring to the radio what it means for us to be writers.
We chose the theme ‘Writing in Style’ for the show which stimulated some interesting ideas and amazing poetry from the others. As it was a student-led show, we shared our opinions and performed our individual work to showcase the distinction between our styles of writing. Towards the end of the show, we wrote a collaborative poem to present our difference styles. Not only did we perform our poetry, but we also told the audience what we are influenced by and how we shape our individual content. Sam made us laugh with her playful poetry with some dark themes, Noreesha showed a response to political affairs, the recent New Zealand attack and her identity in her poetry, and Chloe’s poetry screamed sophistication with its clever hints of dystopia. It really brought out their valuable imaginations and strong voices.
For those of you who could not be inolved in the festival, don’t fret. It takes place every year and I am sure Peter Spafford would love to have you on in 2020. Just google him.
And for those of you who are performers, artists, writers, readers, a creative in any field, have you ever thought about your style in your performance? How are you represented in your artwork? It’s cool to be influenced by others but don’t tone down your voice or originality in whatever work you do. Cheesy line ahead- be in your own style. (Okay, you can stop rolling your eyes now.)