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Katrine Solvang - Aarhus - Denmark

Waiting room

We’re sitting in the waiting room. It’s cold. Perhaps I should’ve put some more clothes on? Or something else ... You’re reading a magazine about gardens; you love gardening and you say that you were in the garden yesterday and moved your gladioli away from the lawn, so you could mow it.
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Katrine Solvang - Aarhus - Denmark

Relative perspective

My first anxiety came when she was at the neurologist. I don't know where it came from because she wasn’t worried herself.

She had tried everything for her back: chiropractor, physiotherapist, injections at the doctor’s. It helped a little at first, but when I called again... That stupi
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Katrine Solvang - Aarhus - Denmark

A poem

The cove’s completely still

 

Seaweed has been washed ashore

 

But it doesn’t smell any more

 

There’s frost in the air

 

I look at you


Only your body is left

 

“Let go,” I say

 

Inside myself
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Helena Bijnens - Hasselt - Belgium

Using the 3-words technique to write a poem

On 12 October we experimented with the "3 given words and a postcard"-technique to write a meaningful poem.

(anonymous)

Patient perspective

Story 1

Every morning I wake up feeling like someone has punched me in my side. The first step out of bed is always the most difficult because it means a new day of worrying and having to face people around me who don’t look at me like they used to do. It feels like someone has written CA
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(anonymous)

Photo & text 3.

The results of the "Wherem am I? - Contemporary literature and creative writing in the classroom" workshop. Photo and text by Kathleen Vanderstraeten.

Katrine Solvang - Aarhus - Denmark

A nurse perspective

 still remember her – the young woman, the girl. She was 20 years old – or thereabouts. She made an impression on me – and I on her. I was her contact nurse during her radiation therapy. But sometimes I was also her friend and her mother. I still remember the day she took me aside in the d
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Madalena, Pico - Lisbon - Portugal

Motivational Lecture Attracts More Than One Hundred People to the Madalena, Pico Municipal Library


Fundación Uxío Novoneyra - COUREL (LUGO) - Galicia (Spain)

IV Festival dos Eidos

"IV Festival dos Eidos" is the festival of scenic poetry and musics, that will celebrate on August 22th-26th on Parada village of Courel chain of hills (Galicia).


Festival dos Eidos is celebrated each August on Courel Hills since 2015. 3 days of cultural programation of differen
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Tobias Frenssen - Diepenbeek - Belgium

ONDER-WEG (student project)

Created by Lotte Colaers and Kaat Vanmuysen

(anonymous)

Photo & text 6.

The results of the "Wherem am I? - Contemporary literature and creative writing in the classroom" workshop. Photo and text by Tobias Frenssen.

Madalena, Pico - Lisbon - Portugal

taste for reading

Over the past week, the Municipal Library hosted multiple lucid-pedagogical activities, stimulated by the students of the Technical Course of Psychosocial Support of the Professional School of Pico, instilling the taste for reading. The students dramatized

student at UCLL - Hasselt - Belgium

painting poetry


Thibo C. and other students UCLL - Hasselt - Belgium

impression of the SILO event at UCLL on 13 dec 18

We celebrated the first grand edition of the SILO Literature and Poetry day for future teachers. Here is an impression if what you can do with books!

Katrine Solvang - Aarhus - Denmark

Relative perspetive

There’s a beginning and an end. It’s obvious that he’s in pain, so much that he can’t sit in an ordinary chair, but has to use the couch while he waits for the news. He’s lying on one side, hopeful, trying to catch our gazes to see if he can read whether we know what the news will. I’
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5 students of UCLL - Hasselt - Belgium

creating a poem with random words

This is a fun group activity, leading to surprising results.

FUNDACIÓN UXÍO NOVONEYRA - Folgoso do Courel - España

COORDINATION MEETING OF CREATIVE EUROPE SILO DURING THEIR VISIT TRIP TO KROKODIL CENTER OF BELGRAD

From 16th to 19th January 2018 we have been visiting Krokodil Center for Contemporary Literature with the company of our sister-on-arms of twin Engage! project. We have been working on 2019 planning as last phase of our project and rethinking together the sustainability of the project and the par
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Katrine Solvang - Aarhus - Denmark

The phone rings

The phone rings. It’s 5am in the morning. It's still dark outside. It’s from the Hospice. I’m certain it is. Who else could it be? I only just returned from there. Have slept a few hours, I reckon. Did I say sleep? Have I slept? My body won’t give in. My body is floating 5 inches above th
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Katrine Solvang - Aarhus - Denmark

The final chemo

A feeling of joy welled up inside me. Actually it was a bit weird, given that I was going to have yet another bag of poison running into my body. But this time was the last time. After today, it couldn’t get any worse. Once this poison had killed what it should, I could start rebuilding myself
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student at UCLL - Hasselt - Belgium

painting poetry


Ferenc Czinki - Székesfehérvár - Hungary

Photo & text 7.


Katrine Solvang - Aarhus - Denmark

Patient perspective

During a Sun Salutation in yoga, I notice that my clothes didn’t feel comfortable on me. I adjust them and go on to the next exercise. There's still something bothering me, but it’s not on the outside and I can't take it away. The next morning I'm number 7 in the phone queue for the doctor’
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student at UCLL - Hasselt - Belgium

borders and freedom

Katrine Solvang - Aarhus - Denmark

Patient perspective

I’ve sometimes felt like taking the time to try and tell the full narrative of my disease. Now I can.

I was probably a little surprised that I was the one to be struck by cancer. Yeah well, who isn’t?

I have to say, however, that I’d been close to cancer before, as two of my sis
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Katrine Solvang - Aarhus - Denmark

When I visited ny dad for the last time

I drove past the hospital on my way home from work. My Dad smiled tiredly when he saw me. He was alone, so my Mum must have gone home. I saw my energetic, wonderful Dad. I didn’t see how tired he was. I only saw his smile. I asked him if he wanted me to read the newspaper to him. He said yes. H
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Student UCLL - Hasselt - Belgium

Winning poem of the 13/12 SILO day


(anonymous)

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The results of the "Wherem am I? - Contemporary literature and creative writing in the classroom" workshop. Photo and text by Noah Struys.

Ferenc Czinki - Székesfehérvár - Hungary

Photo & text 6.


Helena Bijnens - Hasselt - Belgium

poem written by Janne Panis, a literature-hater

Katrine Solvang - Aarhus - Denmark

Relative perspective

It was hard and it wore us out. Two things happened in the spring of 2008. I fell in love and my relationship with the young man was full of future plans and things to look forward to. Then my sister got the news. You’re a terminal patient. Her treatment back in 2005 hadn’t killed the cancer
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student at UCLL - Hasselt - Belgium

random words to create poem

With a tray of 100 words youngsters create a poetic fantasy.

Here it is done with Dutch words but you can do this in any language with a set of randomly chosen nouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbes ...

Helena Bijnens - Hasselt - Belgium

short overview of the poetry and literature day on 13/12/18

Slideshow with pictures of all the texts and poems created during this unconventional and inspiring day. The day was filled with creative writing workshops that went beyond normality: we painted with words, played wordgames, created poems thanks to our smartphone and read stories next to a virtual bonfire!

(anonymous)

Photo & text 7.

The results of the "Wherem am I? - Contemporary literature and creative writing in the classroom" workshop. Photo and text by Yves Kun.

Katrine Solvang - Aarhus - Denmark

Relative perspective

We’re sitting in the waiting room. It’s cold. Perhaps I should’ve put some more clothes on? Or something else ... You’re reading a magazine about gardens; you love gardening and you say that you were in the garden yesterday and moved your gladioli away from the lawn, so you could mow it.
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(anonymous)

Photo & text 5.

The results of the "Wherem am I? - Contemporary literature and creative writing in the classroom" workshop. Photo and text by Rick Heyens.

(anonymous)

Photo & text 1.

The results of the "Wherem am I? - Contemporary literature and creative writing in the classroom" workshop. Photo and text by Anke Leenders.

Helena Bijnens - Hasselt - Belgium

hip hop versus poetry

SILO workshop at the congres "from global teacher to global citizen" on 12/10.

If you opened the enveloppe and were to find a mix of poetry fragments and a hip hop texts, would you be able to see the difference?

In this workshop for poetry-haters, the haters realised they do not hate
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student at UCLL - Hasselt - Belgium

painting poetry


Anna Gács - Budapest - Hungary

Budapest-fragments

Szépírók Társasága has launched their project, Budapest-fragments, which is also part of SILO. Cofinanced by the Open Society Institute, this programme connects the variuos literary representations of Budapest with contemporary writers and secondary school students. Students learn about how
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Madalena, Pico - Lisbon - Portugal

Madalena, Pico Closes Celebrations of World Book Day with Poet Filipa Duarte

Student UCLL - Hasselt - Belgium

Creating a poem in French (2nd language)

Scrapping words, creating new meangful texts.

Madalena, Pico - Lisbon - Portugal

Madalena, Pico Celebrates the April 25th


Helena Bijnens - Krakow - Poland

Syrian writer Kholoud Charaf presents us her work

Kholoud Charaf is a poet, an art critic and a social activist in search of better opportunities for women and children who survived the war. She is now the new resident of the City of Krakow as part of the ICORN programme. Kholoud Charaf comes from Al Mjemr in the south of Syria. As a poet, Chara
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(anonymous)

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The results of the "Wherem am I? - Contemporary literature and creative writing in the classroom" workshop. Photo and text by Eddy Exelmans.

Interschoolar Project Madalena, Pico - Madalena - Portugal

Anna Gács - Budapest - Hungary

Who Owns Literature? European Writers' Workshop

April 19, 2018, Budapest

In this discussion writers, translators, critics were invited to share their ideas on if and how the elitism of literature and literary institutions should be tackled, how new audiences can be reached and inspired, and if extending tools and skills of story
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Katrine Solvang - Aarhus - Denmark

When a human dies, ‘a world dies’ and cries for ‘resurrection’

My mother died on 6 October 1997 on a sunny autumn day when the leaves were golden and the berries red. When you’re small, you fear and you worry that your mother’s going to die. And then she actually dies. It’s a great sorrow, a loss. You learn that the person who has died isn’t gone, bu
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Anna Gács - Budapest - Hungary

Creative Writing Workshop

Three creative writing schools exchanged their experience at this event on May 26. One of them, Van Helyed Alapítvány lead by writer and documentary filmmaker Krisztra Bódis, teaches creative writing among other skills to children form the poorest environments in Hungary. Another one, Penna Í
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Katrine Solvang - Aarhus - Denmark

Nurse perspective

The nurse with the young wife of B

You sat there, young and pretty with your dark hair. You’d just entered the ward, so B could get his radiation treatment. Your body had an aura of anxiety and fatigue, but you wanted to talk. Talk between tears and rubbing hands. You sat uneasy in the ch
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Helena Bijnens - Krakow - Poland

Review your own literature event with regards to participation

We have developed a methodology that organisers of literature events can use to evaluate their current practices.

During the international ENGAGE! Workshop in Poland, we have reviewed together each other’s current practices in a creative way. Participants critic
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