Patrick Graham

‘I write for fun, but it aint no joke. Because, what I write - makes the thought provoke.’

 

The above statement inspires me in all the writing work that I do.  As the saying states my writing, ‘...makes the thought provoke.’

 

This is used to engage people from various cultures, backgrounds and ages in performance poetry, facilitating drama and film workshops in schools, colleges, youth clubs, community centres/organisations and libraries in Liverpool and throughout the North West and further.  The workshops aim to empower participants making them part of the devising process of the performance, giving direction/guidance/stimuli/interpretation/realisation and then go on to dramatise these ideas via simple reading, performance or produce film.

 

Work has ranged from being commissioned to devise a poem (working with Merseyside Dance Initiative) which was performed at the Centenary celebrations for Liverpool Anglican Cathedral (2004) to working with Liverpool Community Spirit Youth Council creating 7 short films about the Seven Deadly Sins.

 

Most enjoyable and rewarding is enabling people to find their voice and express feelings which are otherwise hidden or suppressed via poem, story, song or film as storytelling is as old as humans themselves and has been around much longer than the written word itself.

 

Helping people to explore the world with funny or cryptic stories, poems etc. or be direct and straight to the point with hard hitting ones, but above all it’s making the voice interesting so that stories that may not be otherwise listened to by people can then be told in the varying formats, which then engage and ultimately captivates an audience.