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The Mercury, 2011

The Mercury, 2011

Life & Deaf tales

Deaf children with a talent for poetry took part in a day of workshops designed to explore their own identities.
Deaf children with a talent for poetry took part in a day of workshops designed to explore their own identities.
Thirty children from across South East London took part in the Life & Deaf event held at the Discover Greenwich Centre at the Old Royal Naval College on May 20.
The group, aged between six and 19, had all previously sent in poems to the organisers which they had composed about themselves.
The project, which was run by Greenwich-based specialist deaf teachers and speech and language therapists, was designed to use poetry
to develop the self-esteem and mental health of children with hearing impairments.
During the workshops, the youngsters learnt how to perform their work in both British Sign Language and in spoken English.
They also had a lesson with a deaf visual artist in which they produced an illustration for their poems.
The event was filmed for a documentary which will explore deafness from the perspective of children and young adults.
The Life & Deaf project, which is run as a not-for-profit voluntary organisation, has scooped many national awards for its work.
The current project, which will be launched nationally at the end of July, received funding from Greenwich council.