Hip hop as a superior art form

Sravasti Datta | The Hindu

“The writing is personal. You dive deep into yourself, knowledge and biases. I love to fashion my text that way. In the studio, though, you fashion it outwardly. This is how I make people receive. I enjoy the contact with the audience because there is not too much analysis of the song, but the feeling of the song gets conveyed.”

Read more: http://www.thehindu.com/entertainment/music/hip-hop-as-a-superior-art-form/article23356308.ece

Vital People: Prison book club offers inmates room to grow

Pedro Arrais | Times Colonist

The program is not intended to teach inmates how to write for profit. Rather, it is meant to improve their communication skills, boost their self-esteem and help build social skills for a successful re-entry into society.

“We are hoping the program will lead to self-growth and self satisfaction for the inmate as well as a benefit to the community.”

Read more: http://www.timescolonist.com/life/islander/vital-people-prison-book-club-offers-inmates-room-to-grow-1.23212645

‘Allow imaginations to lead’: igniting the creative spark in young writers

Emma Sheppard | The Guardian

Torday would like teachers to show more support for self-expression – in whatever form it takes. “Whether you’re a child or JK Rowling, writing is hard for everyone. You’re making yourself vulnerable,” he says. “I’m often asked to judge children’s writing competitions and some of the best stuff I’ve read is where children have preserved their own regional dialect or the spelling is phonetic. Perhaps it’s not the spelling you’d want on a perfect CV, but in terms of self-expression it feels true.”

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/2018/mar/23/allow-imaginations-to-lead-making-space-for-self-expression-and-creativity-through-writing