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A team of lyrical reporters were invited to share their story and take on life 21st century style. They joined me  to create your own special report of Hackney life and times and have the opportunity to produce a piece of performance poetry. For those brave enough they got to tell their story and showcase their work at the Arcola Theatre. The project is led by twenty%extra and Focus for Life and is funded by Hackney Council’s Cultural development team.

“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” – Benjamin Franklin 

Through the wonders of social media – Facebook, Twitter and the like – the 21st Century is the age of the ‘storyteller’. The democratisation of communication is both an amazing opportunity and a powerful tool. But the real question is, how are we using it?

The Brief
From novelist Charles Dickens to hip hop artist Nas: some of the greatest writers have illuminated our perspectives on life through their creative interpretation of society, history, human flaws and simple pleasures.

Now over to you:
Find a current affairs story within the last year that is of personal interest to you. It could be a local, national or international issue. Using the news story as a springboard, creatively interpret the impact of events and its meaning or outcome in a short story or a poem.

Working alongside poet and actor Nick Mokoha, you will develop your poem to be published on the Hackney Times Tumblr. There is also an opportunity to perform your piece at the Arcola Theatre in Dalston on 25th July 2013.

So what’s your story?

For the full special report assignment visit: HaCkney TiMes

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