Bulman – Remote Schools Tour
We woke to a sparkling cool morning in Bulman. The humidity had finally broke and the sun was shining. What better sign did we need that our day was going to be amazing?
Soon afterwards the students arrived, and as we sat on the floor and introduced ourselves, they became excited for an out of the box workshop about poetry and films.
Laurie launched into a fun exercise about similes and all of sudden the kids were shouting them out like pros. A poem formed itself on the whiteboard, and we had an empowering piece of work celebrating their strength as children.
Then I took the helm, and we put actions to the words. We were jumping, running, flying and hugging, illustrating the words wth our bodies. The finished product delighted them as they watched it back.
We rounded off the session with some oral storytelling, some funny poems and a lot of laughter. The kids of Bulman loved story telling, were eager to contribute and made us realise all over again how fun this job called writing can be.
A self confessed book nerd, Leisl Egan wrote her first short story when she was five. It was adorably terrible. After many years of working on her talent, she now writes for ABC3 and churns out short fiction. In 2013 she won an international award for her short story ‘Punchline’.
The 2016 Remote Schools Program is part of the 2016 Wordstorm Writers’ Festival and is proudly sponsored by the NT Government’s Community Benefit Fund. Four emerging writers held workshops in remote schools in the Top End.