Home: Family Poetry Workshop

The Foundling Museum, 40 Brunswick Square, London
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This event ended on Sunday 17th of February 2019

Free with Museum admission

Venue Information

The Foundling Museum
40 Brunswick Square, WC1N 1AZ

Nearest Stations

Russell Square 0.20 miles



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Get creative with poet Paul Lyalls in a fun-packed poetry workshop.

Acclaimed poet Paul Lyalls is well-known for his funny, fast-moving, hip and clever performances. Join Paul for an interactive workshop for the whole family. Using your wild imagination, create and perform your own poems on the theme of home. Suitable for age 5+.

Lyalls has gigged many unusual places, from Arsenal FC’s dressing room to a variety of shops in the N1 London Shopping Centre. He has performed alongside a wealth of artists including Will Self, Kate Tempest, Miranda Hart and John Cooper Clarke, and has run hundreds of workshops in secondary and primary schools, youth projects and prisons. As a performance poet and spoken word artist, his work has taken him to 10 Edinburgh Festivals along with many prestigious venues in cities as diverse as New York to Belfast. From 2013-14 Lyalls was Poet in Residence at the Roald Dahl Museum. His new children’s poetry collection A Funny Thing Happened – which has an introduction by Michael Rosen – features 52 brilliant poems aimed at anyone aged 5 – 105!

HOME IS by Paul Lyalls
Home is a sofa that’s always waiting for your bottom!
Home is finding something down the back of it you had forgotten.
Home is sitting on the stairs pretending to be a mountain climber
Home is a place where someone rescues you from a spider.
Home is sometimes untidy, messy and a disaster zone catastrophy
Home is making it look tidy for visitors who get treated like a VIP.
Home is getting squashed between grown ups on that sofa
Because they refuse to move over.
Home is arguing with your brother and sister
Home is feeling so close to them it’s like a never ending game of Twister!
Home is your Dad pretending to be Elvis
Home is your Mum pretending to be Lady Gaga
Home is you pretending to be Elvis Gaga.
Home is pictures of your family new and old
Home is place that stays with you wherever you go.
Home is the smell of burnt toast
Home is a place that you love the most.
Home is ten thousand hand-made memories
Home is where your heart’s treasure is.


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