World Jam

Nottingham’s global poetry and music community

World Jam: How to Write Zen

A workshop which explores how to write urban haiku – and how Zen meditation can make poetry out of anger, fear and hope.
Rich Goodson will lead a series of short meditations (don’t worry if you’ve never meditated before!). These will be the starting points for a series of writing exercises, first exploring the richness of Japanese haiku and encouraging participants to write their own ‘urban’ versions of the form. Then, after another short meditation, he will help participants to make original poems which express anger and fear. And finally – and most importantly – a group poem which expresses HOPE. The ‘Hope Poem’ will be performed at a future World Jam event.

Sunday 8th May 2022

3:30pm to 6:00pm

Beam Editions, 33 Seely Road, Nottingham, NG7 1NU

£Free (ticket required)

Welcome to World Jam

The World Jam Collective-formerly known as Word Jam collective- was founded by a group of ESOL (English as a Second Language) students in 2012 and has been directed since by Mina Fatemi. The initial purpose of the group was to create a supportive network for non-English speaking poets and writers living in Nottingham.

World Jam’s first performance was at Nottingham’s 2013 Festival of Words. This very successful multilingual and intercultural event introduced the group to the Nottingham poetry and music scene. After being approached by many local poets and musicians, World Jam evolved into an intercultural poetry and music group.

World Jammers are from a very diverse group of people including asylum seekers, refugees, immigrants, students and local English performers. The group has so far accommodated speakers of more than 17 languages and has celebrated the UK’s diversity of languages and cultures through participating in many poetry and music festivals within Nottingham and the East Midlands.

 We organise writing workshops, concerts and jams, produce poetry anthologies, and provide our members with live performance opportunities and translation of their poetry and lyrics.

 World Jam is free to join and participate in, but we also accept donations if you can afford it and if you feel we deserve it!

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World Jam is a glorious, multicultural space for writers, musicians and performers. It’s an incredibly welcoming space, and every event and workshop I’ve been to has been fun and inspiring.

Leanne Moden

Poet and Workshop Leader


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