Session 8: Creating New Media! Sharing Poetry through Film and/or Radio

This week at the Regent Park Focus Divas Media Group Program, the Divas were presented the opportunity to record a poem and share using film, radio or perform at an event. To do this, the Divas would have to create new poems or choose from those they had created in the past sessions. After this information was passed, the Divas were asked to express how they felt about the idea in terms of readiness, whether they would like to record and present and how confident they were about sharing their poetry. Some of the Divas appeared to be excited and enthusiastic about the idea, some said they were nervous but had confidence they could pull it off, others said they would record a poem if they feel confident about their poems and one Diva said she would feel shy to face a crowd, could change her mind eventually but might consider doing a radio recording. These mixed feelings are totally relatable but what is great about this is, being brave enough to share their feelings.

In this session, Ayla and Londzo; the spoken word artists who facilitate this program gave amazing performances of their poetry. They both used their performance to teach the Divas about styles and skills used in performing poetry. The Divas gained additional skills in directing, public speaking and cinematography. It was now time for the Divas to get creative as they prepare for their recording session in the coming week. The Divas spent the rest of the time in this session working on their poetry.

By: Titilola Onogu
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