Masterclass 4: Spoken Word Poetry - Calling Out Hope Back to events list

Date: July 2nd, 2020 at 19:00 to July 16th, 2020 at 21:00
Price:Standard €40.0
Price:Mulit-buy Ticket €20.0
Venue: ZOOM Online Video Conferencing

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Creativity and change Masterclass Programme 2020

Online Summer School

Calling artists, activists, youth workers and educators:This summer, we are taking our Masterclass programme online with a package of meaningful engagements and training opportunities taking place over three weeks via Zoom from 27th June. This will include a seminar opening that explores the power of creativity to connect imagination and action for a more sustainable future with guest speaker Rob Hopkins; a technology lab, supporting you to use technology to engage with others in transformative learning practices in times of limited physical contact; a range of short evening experiential training courses exploring a variety of creative approaches and a closing festival to share our learning called Widening Circles.

Online Seminar: Via Zoom

Saturday June 27th 2020 2.00-4.00pm 

Participants of all the masterclasses

“The impossible is possible after all.” An afternoon of exploration of the power of creativity to connect imagination and action for a more sustainable future. 

Facilitators of all the masterclasses exploring the questions that will form the foundation for the training sessions.

Guest speaker: Vicky Donnelly:  Vicky is coordinator of the Galway One World Centre, and works on the design and delivery of the Global Teachers Award CPD programme, as well as development education and antiracism workshops for schools, community groups and universities. She has recently launched a new teaching resource called Beyond Borders, which supports educators in exploring the sensitive and complex issues around the refugee crisis. 

Keynote speaker: Rob Hopkins: Rob is an activist and writer on environmental issues, based in Totnes, England. He has written four books on environmentalism and activism most recently the inspirational “From What Is to What If”. He is best known as the founder and figurehead of the Transition movement, which he co-initiated in 2005.

Seminar will be hosted by Clare Mulvany. 

Questions we will explore:

-Is the impossible possible after all? Things that were impossible before the pandemic were implemented  overnight (e.g., universal health care, basic universal income, etc.), so what else that is impossible would we like to see happen in our communities and world?

-What does the current pandemic highlight and accentuate about interconnection in our world?

-What sort of leadership, values and attitudes are needed as we move to a fairer, more sustainable future?

-What is the role of creativity and imagination in transformative learning and learning for sustainability?

Technology Lab: IT training Date Saturday, 4th July, 2pm to 3pm

Participants of all the masterclasses

Exploring platforms, possibilities and challenges in engaging with others in creative transformative learning in times of limited physical contact. 

Trainings: Short series of online masterclasses in Creative facilitation in a range of media.

Each masterclass is separate and will need to be registered for individually if people are attending more than one. Since this year we cannot bring people together for the usual two day block, we have redesigned our trainings to run over three weeks, to avoid long hours of workshops in front of screens and to ensure participants have time between workshops to explore new resources and activities as it suits them and also to enable those who wish to attend more than one masterclass to do so.

The Story of Self - Clare Mulvany

Monday evenings, 29th June, 6th, 13th July from7.00-9.00pm 

Creative Activism - Claire Coughlan and Helen O’Keeffe 

Tuesday evenings, 30th June, 7th, 14th July from 7.00-9.00pm 

Visual Facilitation - Eimear McNally 

Wednesday evenings, 1st, 8th, 15th July from7.00-9.00pm 

Spoken Word Poetry - Chriszine Backhouse 

Thursday evenings, 2nd, 9th, 16th July from 7.00-9.00pm 

Festival: “Widening circles” : An event creatively connecting participating artists, activists, youth workers and educators to share the creativity and learning that took place in the evening courses.

Saturday the 18th July from 2.00-4.00pm

General enquiries can be made to

Here’s a link to where you can find the video series created at last year's masterclasses.

Spoken Word Poetry

Subtitle: Calling out Hope



Thursday evenings, 2nd, 9th, 16th July,7.00-9.00pm 


Cost: €40 (The cost is subsidised by our partner Irish Aid Development Education Unit)

Trainer: Chriszine Backhouse

Chriszine Backhouse has a BA in Theatre in Development and a MA in Dramatherapy from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. Her research has included how the arts can expand and strengthen connection to community and promote actions against injustice. As the co-founder of Speak Out: Theatre for Transformation, she has worked with community groups to explore a range of issues, including the local, the global and the intersection between the two. She is the Programme Development Officer with YMCA Ireland, supporting the development of community, with an emphasis on the factors that promote individual and collective resilience. She is a part-time lecturer on the Creativity and Change SPA, specializing in teaching Spoken Word Poetry and Theatre. 

Workshop description

Spoken word poetry is a fitting container for the current time we’re living through. It is immediate. It demands both attention, and action, while providing space for deeper reflection. In this workshop, we will explore how spoken word poetry provides us with the opportunity to connect our personal observations, and concerns with wider systemic issues on both a local and global level.  You will be guided to reflect on your experience of Covid19, and to connect these personal themes to wider Global justice themes using the model of “Active Hope” developed by environmental activist, Joanna Macy. You will gain tools to sculpt a poem out of the moments that have been meaningful, both small and large. Through the workshop you will have opportunities to share the poetry you are creating - exploring how the added element of voice impacts poetry. How does phrasing a line emphasise the meaning? How can you use breath, intonation, and volume to layer meaning on a poem? Participants do not need to have any experience writing or performing poems to take part in this workshop. The workshop is designed to engage people new to the form, in small incremental stages that develop confidence. The tools used can be taken into other contexts, particularly by teachers, youth workers, community workers, and other non-formal educators who are looking for new ways to support others to express themselves and to connect to global justice issues.

In this workshop you will learn:

Writing exercises to engage even reluctant poets

Simple and effective methods to develop a poem with groups you work with

How to connect personal experiences to wider local and global justice issues

How to use the model of “Active Hope” to support yourself and others to engage in activism

How to find your voice when performing a spoken word poem

How to perform a poem to draw in the audience and emphasize the meanig

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