The 2007 Film Poems project was developed in partnership with
BBC Voices and The Garage, with Michael Laskey leading the creative
writing workshops. The project brought together young
refugees, asylum seekers and local youngsters between the ages
of 11-14 to work on the creation of film poems. Over the
duration of the project 15 young people were given the opportunity
to develop a range of skills including: creative writing, filming,
recording and editing. It also gave them a chance to expand their
The main focus of the project was exploring Norwich together,
capturing images of the city and expressing what these
places mean to them. As a result, five three-minute long films were
created, which were launched during Refugee Week 18-24
With the support of the museums films were screened during
Refugee Week on the 20th and 21st of June at the Castle Museum.
Here are some of the comments from the young people who
The thing I liked the most about the project was the freedom
to film whatever we wanted. There were very few restrictions and we
were able to choose the subject of the film and the footage we
recorded – Jonathan Webb.
I liked getting to see all the places I’ve never seen
before – Rhea Smith.
I enjoyed learning about new effects – Maisie Ross.
I liked filming and making new friends, having fun and
wasting time doing work like filming, editing, poems and lots
more – Abdullah Hassan.
I like how we were able to try new things and meet new
people. It has been such a growing opportunity and I have learnt so
much. The filming was really fun and the creative writing was
really cool – I love writing poems – Adrienne Elliot
I enjoyed going out and filming the city and going on tour
with the guides – Grace Walsh.
I liked editing and meeting new people – Gervelie
It was great to learn how to get good camera angles and
using the computer for this. Also making new friends! –
Films are available to view permanently on the