All Change!

The weather’s gone funny, don’t you think? We had a proper cold winter, followed by a proper hot summer and now the weather doesn’t know what to do with itself.

We turned the heating on and now we’re sweltering and have turned it off again.

I realised yesterday that (probably because they were early and took me by surprise), I didn’t pick any blackberries this year. ☹

And yes, to reflect the time of year, I’ve changed the header to something ‘leafy’.

National Poetry Day

It’s National Poetry Day this week – on Thursday 4th October, to be precise.

The theme this year is ‘change’, which is really wide-ranging and could almost encompass anything:

A physical change (from a caterpillar to a butterfly, say, or from a girl to a woman), changing seasons, change of cultures (holidays or migration), changing your hairstyle, a change of career, moving house or jobs, swapping partners or schools, changing trains, changes in society (suffragettes, the end of slavery, a new president).. and I’m sure you can think of many more.

If you want to find out more about National Poetry Day (and/or get some inspiration for your own writing), there’s plenty of info on the website, including a list of events, poems on the theme of change (by everyone from Shakespeare to Rudyard Kipling) and resources for teachers.

If you prefer writing fiction to poetry, then remember that a moment of change is always a good place to start a story:

Think about Harry Potter, when Hagrid comes to tell him he’s got magical powers and that he’s off to Hogwarts to learn to be a wizard. That’s certainly a change from living under the stairs at the Dursleys!

If you’re a fan of Robert Galbraith (aka J K Rowling), as I am, you’ll remember the first novel in her Cormoran Strike series starts when Robin arrives to start working as a temp for Strike – something that immediately changes both their lives.

Bodyguard, the TV series I mentioned in the last post, starts with a change, when David Budd is assigned as protection officer to the luscious Home Secretary, Julia Montague.

And in Kafka’s novella Die Verwandlung (The Metamorphosis), Gregor Samsa wakes up to find he’s been transformed into a giant insect. (If you want to hear Benedict Cumberbatch read it – in English! – it’s here).

If you’re ever stuck for a story idea – or how to begin – think about a moment of change and see where it takes you.

The Friendship Project for Children

Something that made a change for me recently, was writing my first article for The People’s Friend magazine. I wrote about a favourite topic of mine – the Friendship Project – the Warwickshire-based charity that I used to work for and it appeared in last week’s issue.

But here’s a little look, in case you missed it!

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8 Responses to All Change!

  1. Thank you for a very insightful post, Helen. Change is such a great starting off point and one that I shall have a think about. I enjoyed, too, reading about the Friendship Project. What fantastic work they do.

    • Helen Yendall says:

      Thank you, Paula. Yes, The Friendship Project is amazing and does really change lives (not just the children, but the volunteers too!).

  2. pennywrite says:

    An inspiring article in PF, Helen, and good to read about The Friendship Project.

  3. I LOVED Kafka’s The Metomorphosis! I read it in college, and it almost convinced me to change my major from engineering to English.

    Poetry is awesome.:-)

  4. juliathorley says:

    I’ve now got Bowie’s ‘Changes’ stuck in my head, thank you!

  5. Keith Havers says:

    I thought the article was really interesting. Never heard of the charity before. It looks like a worthwhile thing to do.

    • Thanks, Keith. Yes, it’s very worthwhile – only a very small charity, solely in Warwickshire, so not everyone’s heard of it! (it did feature on Children in Need a few years ago though and got some funding from that).

  6. Kate Hogan says:

    Good post, Helen. Well done on your interesting PF article! Good wishes. Kate Hogan

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