Writing ideas from Indigo Williams

Where I live

Why not tweet us a line from your poem?



It’s always a good idea to write about what you know because you’ll have lots of memories and personal information you could use to write your poem. So, I’d like you to think about the following questions. Is there a familiar street you walk down all the time? Have you ever wondered what the flickering lamppost has seen in the night? Describe your journey home, your local corner shop or the road always blocked with traffic.


Click on the video above and listen to me reading my recent poem Brixton Street.

Step one

Listen again and pay close attention to what the poem tells you about my local area. I have also uploaded Home by Robert Winner (click here to print out a copy). What poetic devices do we use to convey feeling and meaning? What images do these poems create in your mind? What could you say about your local area?

Step two

Once you’ve read/listened to the poems, make a mind map of memorable, surprising or interesting things you could write about in your poem. There is a mind map sheet for you to print off here. Try to think of at least 3 things and once you’ve found one you like, focus your poem on that subject. For instance, if you wrote down on your mind map that there is a man that busks outside the station every Friday, then you would write a poem about the man that busks every Friday.

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