Reviews and comment from the Demon Crew - creative writers at De Montfort University, Leicester.

Friday, 5 March 2010

More than a bunch of readings

I attended the creative writing launch, to check out what I'd be doing in two years time, and wasn't sure what to expect - maybe just a bunch of readings?

But, no it was actually really good, and I was impressed by everyone! To think that will be me, not too far in the future, is scary!

There was a strong sense of creativity in the pieces and the way they were presented. It was obvious the whole group was passionate about writing.

Some of the highlights in the session were Claire Baldwin's Japanese poetry on postcards, Simone Byer who gave a strong reading of her poem "It's been a while", Tom Gray's poetry on wooden blocks (different, but it worked really well), Becki Griffiths' fantastic website based around women's views about getting older, Jennifer Jumbo's poetry based on her religion, George Martin and his professional-looking website, Tom Newport's placemat poetry, not to mention the dog T-shirts... a little bizarre, but really funny and with a good message.

The huge array of different ideas, both in terms of presentation and ideas was fantastic, and gave me lots of ideas to think about. It was definitely the highlight of cultural exchanges so far!

Gemma Carey

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