Living Photographs: Intergenerational Workshop
Celebrating 350 years of Jewish life in England, we embark on an oral history project involving families from across the Jewish community. Spoken word poet Leah Thorn facilitated a workshop in which each family (in inter-generational groups of 2-3) are invited to bring in a photograph from their family album which will elicit a joint poem. This session allows each family member to explore their connection with the past and create a lyrical ‘Living Photograph’.
Leah Thorn is a spoken-word poet and workshop facilitator, known for her passion and compassion.
Venues for her work include the Jewish Museum, London; the V & A, London; Limmud Jewish Education Conference; Yad Vashem, Israel and the Holocaust Survivors Centre, London.
Being Jewish is a key theme of her work. I Place My Stones explores her identity as the daughter of a Holocaust survivor, whilst her latest performance piece, Watch, is about Alzheimer’s and the centrality of memory to Jewish identity.
Leah has written for publications in Britain and the United States, including Bridges Jewish feminist journal, the Journal of Holocaust Education, The Jewish Quarterly, The Dybbuk of Delight [Jewish women’s poetry anthology] and Velocity [an anthology of performance poetry].
‘Leah addresses her audience with a warmth and dignity, which sometimes belie the harsh realities of her subjects. A gentle music runs through her work, harmonising itself with the intelligence of her words’Apples & Snakes
IN COLLABORATION WITH THE JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTRE