Hope in Huddersfield.

Today blends into tonight and the young people read  their poems on stage with music and  drama. The event is introduced by the assistant dean of The University of Huddersfield. I am  proud that she made the effort to be there for the young people and for this event.

By the end some  of the workers are  in floods of tears at the quality of the work and the determination of the individuals to read it to the best of their ability.  They are all presented  with my signed book as a present. It's very moving, the whole thing. The young people are brilliant, the workers are dedicated and the audience is proud. Magic happened in Huddersfield.

I was brought up in care. Eighteen years of it. I don't do lots of these events. They take it out of me. It's all I can do not to breakdown at the quiet break throughs that happened. But I don't break down.  cause that's not what it's about.  Their is a scale module of The Globe Theatre in the foyer. I can point to the place where I stood on that stage three years ago. I walk back through the night, to my hotel. Tomorrow I shall be on stage hundreds of miles away, with hundreds of children singing an original composition by Laka D  of a song written by me called The Olympic Torch Song. 

I arrive at the hotel at 9.30pm. I wanted to go back to London tonight but it'd take too long so I walk into the bar at the hotel and drink.  I go to bed at 1am having drunk allot,  knowing that I have to be up at 5.30am in the morning to get a train.

7 thoughts on “Hope in Huddersfield.

  1. Hi Lemn: just to say thankyou. Those 2 days meant something to all of us – young people, Uni staff, volunteers and support workers alike. I hope we didn't drive you to drink.
    For myself, I can't get “you're the…
    “you're the…. out of my head!
    Best Wishes, Rachel

  2. It was good wasn't it. As for the issue, no way. I am responsible for my actions, noone else. Cheers, it was brill wasn't it.
    All the best

  3. Lemn, thank you for an evening that filled me with pride. Seeing five young people from Calderdale, along with those from the rest of west Yorkshire, performing and producing an event filled with emotion, strength and passion blew me away. I'll contact the young people individually to thank them. Ashley. Principal Officer. Calderdale MBC.

  4. Doing all the stuff you do…going out in the world and being brave and public and everything…being hyper and busy and helpful and still trying to get time to write yourself…facing up to old issues and new…I'm not surprised you feel the temptations of drink still. You'd be super-human if you didn't.

  5. Thank you for all the effort you put in while you were here in Hudds. As a support worker and someone who was brought up in care I truly felt the magic happen not just on the final evening but over the two days. The change in all the young people was amazing you really touched souls and changed lives.

  6. Well man you aint been in touch for a while and never told me what you think of those poems so… oh well I guess you're a little busy. Take care man and never stop writing. I won't

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