Poems for Change: poetry workshop

7 October 2021 10:00am–1:00pm

Closing date: 27 September

Everyone has a poem waiting to be written. Everyone has a story to spin or a truth to tell. We all wrote poems when we were children but then most of us stopped. National Poetry Day is a chance to change that. So if you’ve ever wanted to rediscover the poet in you then this enjoyable, practical and interactive workshop is for you.

The session will be run by Hydrocracker, a theatre company with a strong record of making work with a political and social intent. Their recent work Before The Flame Goes Out was a response to Covid 19 and involved UNISON members. You can see the 6 minute film here.

During the workshop you will be helped to make a poem: chisel out the right words in the right order, find the lines of connection between images, ideas and feeling and encouraged to explore how to tell a story, to spin a yarn, to tell a joke and speak truth to power.

Whether, the last time you wrote a poem was at school or you write poems regularly and want to develop your work further then we want to meet you . Your poem is out there just waiting for you to find it.

“ I have always had a natural interest in poetry, and it was on my to do list to try!

Fortunately the opportunity to have a go thanks to UNISON during Learning At Work Week arose.

The way that the session was facilitated inspired me to take a bold step forward and to try something new.

By the end of the session I had written four poems. I am totally hooked!

Poetry has given me something for me! I highly recommended this”

Catharyn – UNISON member


I was a little apprehensive before the session as I’d done nothing similar in the past. However the two hours flew by and all the participants seemed to enjoy it, and join in. It was conducted in such a friendly and stimulating way, and the creativity by the end was fantastic. I’d certainly recommend doing this or something similar. It was brilliant to switch my brain from heavy day to day tasks to something more fun. The confidence it gave me and the change of mindset I’m left with is of practical use. After a rubbish last 15 months I feel a little more energised for doing this course.

John – UNISON Branch Chair

This workshop will be delivered over Zoom and takes three hours including a break.

To apply, please complete the form below:

Poetry workshop registration

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