Listening to Love

This is a creative-writing project conducted by Michael Gratzke in conjunction with Hull author Joe Hakim and young people at The Warren Youth Centre in which we explore themes of love, relationships and intimacy through the creative processes of writing and putting together a love-themed zine. The aims are to develop the young people’s skills as creative writers, and to gain better understanding what it takes to hear marginalised voices. The latter is expressed in a dual emphasis on listening skills and practical skills in self-publishing.

Writing and talking about love and relationships (maybe the lack of them) can be emotionally involving. The group creates a respectful and non-judgmental space for this. Young people can participate in this project without sharing sensitive information, for example by concentrating on the practical side of producing a zine and organising an event. Prior experience with creative writing is not necessary. However, some of our contributors are already involved in BOUNCE BACK.

We hope to make the zine available at Type Slowly in Hull and through other distributors of zines and independent publishing.