A Love Letter to the Stars: Creative Writing for 6 – 8 years


Tuesday 5 October and Tuesday 12 October, 16:30-17:30 (BST)
Venue: Zoom
Tickets: FREE/£2/£5/£10 (Pay What You Can)

With Ruth Awolola.

A two part creative writing workshop for 6 – 8 year olds to explore their poetic voice!

Join poet Ruth Awolola in this two-part workshop as she takes 6 – 8 year old writers through the joys of finding their poetic voice, the power of imagination and techniques in how to overcome barriers to creativity. This is a chance to explore and have fun! 

Ruth’s poem ‘A Love Letter to the Stars’ was featured in Rising Stars: New Young Voices in Poetry (2017), a collection introducing new voices in poetry for 10-14 years old. The poetry anthology showcases the work of five debut poets from diverse backgrounds.

Here’s what you need to know about Ruth Awolola

Ruth Awolola is a British born Nigerian Jamaican poet, workshop facilitator and youth worker currently based in Manchester. She writes for a variety of different audiences including poetry for children and young people and has performed her work across the country. She cites the natural environment as well as race and cultural upbringing as among the biggest influences for her work.


Structure of workshop and safeguarding guidelines:

The workshops are one hour each (16:30 – 17:30 BST) and hosted on Crowdcast. You will need to register your child(ren) for both workshops separately on the Crowdcast platform. Participants will need to have a computer or smart device and a reliable internet connection in order to participate. This is a live event, which will not be recorded.

To get the full experience it is best that the participant commits to attending both sessions.

The workshops are aimed at children aged 6 – 8 years old. To ensure those attending the workshops are children, we ask that an adult is present with the child(ren) and that the videos are on. If participants join without video and cannot verify they are a child, we will remove that participant from the session. The safety of our participants is paramount, and the virtual room will be locked after the sessions have started. If you have any concerns with the above you are welcome to contact Marcelle Akita on ma130@soas.ac.uk.




Africa Writes 2021 returns from 4 – 24 October. You can join us in celebrating the imagination, pleasure and activism within contemporary African literature either online, at 180 The Strand and the British Library. Learn more about the programme here.