Write Your Own Living History with poet Clare Mulley

Clare Mulley

Have you found yourself keeping a journal during lockdown? Or are you wondering how to process the history that you are living through? In this video and resources, Clare Mulley shows you how to turn your very own living history into poetry. All you need is a pen and some paper. If you have written anything in a journal or diary recently, then bring that along too.

Once you are ready, download the worksheets and watch the video for some extra guidance on how to express your views and experiences through poetry.

Worksheets Menu

Prose poetry - Prose poems are a great way to start writing as you can use paragraphs and sentences to tell a story and it doesn't need to rhyme. This is a great worksheet for getting your ideas flowing onto paper.

Haiku - This worksheet looks at the short Japanese form of poetry known as the Haiku. Clare compares the poem to taking a photograph and shows you how to use Haikus to share your views on the world.

Villanelle - These poems have a fun and challenging structure, repeating words in a particular order. Professional poets love to have a go at writing a villanelle, so why don't you give it a go too!

Clare Mulley is a resident poet of @BattlefieldsTrust and past resident poet of @StAnzaPoetry. She was shortlisted Young Poet Laureate for London 2015.