I had been planning for sometime to nominate myself for TEDx, but very satisfyingly, I was approached first by Stephen Collins, the licensee and curator of TEDxCanberra. I immediately accepted his request to perform and began planning my piece.
Building on We Are the Poem, I wanted to share in verse what creativity and poetry mean to me, and encourage the audience to find their own poems.
At the rehearsal the day before, I found out I was to open the event. This added to my nerves - leading off was challenging, knowing the inspiring talks that were to follow. And I had no real idea how the audience would accept a talk in verse.
|A Poet Quietly Panicking|
Photo: Adam Thomas
On HerCanberra, Charly Leetham gives a good example of the type of feedback I got during the day and afterwards:
The day started with a poetry slam from - I really have to say I’m not the artistic sort. I prefer my information straight up without the frills, so I wasn’t expecting to even understand this session let alone connect with it. How wrong could I be? I admit, I simply did not GET some of it – but I got the gist and I appreciated it! CJ’s delivery was fabulous and it set the scene for the rest of the day.That sort of reaction was typical. I got a lot of 'I don't normally listen to poetry, but...' or 'that didn't sound like the poetry I know. I liked it'.
Charly is exactly the sort of person I was trying to reach. I was so pleased I was able to do so.