Piemp by Die Tuin van Digters in Wellington, 9h00 Saterdag 16 September.

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Twaalf jaar gelede het ek vir die eerste keer afgekom op ryk bronne van poësie in die lewens van Kaapse jongomense. Dié ontginning was die begin van piemp. Met piemp wou ek oor die jare vir jongmense ‘n ervaring gee dat hulle elkeen iets het om te sê en dat ek dit wou hoor. 

Piemp is ‘n werkwoord van praat en uitpraat. Maar om om woorde te vind is nie altyd eenvoudig nie. Daarom breek piemp die reëls van stilbly en 'jou plek ken'.    

Saterdag deel die jong digters van Weltevrede Sekondêr in Wellington hulle wêreld met ons. Toe ek agttien maande gelede vir Lethan Fisher vra hoekom hy in Afrikaans skryf, het hy geantwoord: ‘Deesdae dink mense Afrikaans is dood, maar ek wil Afrikaans groot maak.’  

Dié werk slaan my asem weg, laat my lekkerkry, gee my hoendervleis,  laat my huil.. Weltevrede se piempers maak Afrikaans groot.  -  Thérèse Hulme.


Piemper Katelin Morris (regs) met haar vriendin en mede-rapper Abigail Bastiaan

Piemp inspireerder en Weltevrede onderwyseres, Ashlene Ayford, saam met Stacey en Ethan

Piemp inspireerder en Weltevrede onderwyseres, Ashlene Ayford, saam met Stacey en Ethan

Narrative co-op schools

    •    Forres school, Rondebosch: This is one of the first schools to light up with Narrative Practice as whole school practice in South Africa and has a strong Narrative Practice track record spanning over ten years. On Saturday 10 June, a generative and heart-warming morning get-together was held with the school leaders, support staff and parent community, who volunteered to meet on the topic of Diversity, Transformation and Belongingness.  Kim van der Hoven’s opening address introduced our Belongingness Project initiative as well as the rest of the work we have done collaboratively over the past few years.  Her address was one where you might have heard a pin drop in the room…relevant, insightful and totally on the mark of what working with Diversity means in a primary school context. Those at my group table were visibly moved.

    •    Engaging the support of her dynamic, supportive team, Kim works thoughtfully and tirelessly hoping to ensure that no child, family or member of staff should experience that terrible sense of Unbelongingness in this vibrant school community. The Narrative Co-op has spent a number of years working alongside this school, and continues to consult on an ongoing basis. Thumbs up to Forres: An insider-experience on Saturday morning tells me that this work of Inviting Belongingness is the way to go!

Our 'Narrative Practice in Schools' workshops go local

The Springfield & Pinelands North Primary Collections

We are still on a high after meeting awesome teachers, counsellors and social workers during our March and April workshops at Springfield and Pinelands North Primary.  We twice spent an uplifting 16 hours with people who were interested in bring Narrative ideas into their own everyday practices. Special thanks to Gabby, Janet, Lisa and Joanne. Your enthusiasm for Narrative started something really special for all of us..

Here is a sampler of the feedback we received from the School Counsellors who attended our workshop at Springfield:

Rosemarie: "What I take home is to be more creative and not fall into the trap of becoming 'so boring at times' and getting stuck and frustrated. Through your approach to counselling a new meaning emerges - so simple in many ways but yet so amazing and meaningful.." 

Lisa E : "I simply love the approach you ( as Narrative therapists) take to empower people in our country to take a stand against bullying and abuse. It is a political issue...Through the medium of poetry, letters, bookwriting, blogs, drama, each person who felt marginalised can speak out. This is a dream come true...I can see that, as a therapeutic process, it is 'decolonising' those attributes that we take on in South Africa: that we are not worthy; do not matter; have no part to play. Thank you for making visible the invisible."

Gabby: "How can I even begin to tell you what I have gained from this experience? It has been a great joy to me personally, professionally and interpersonally.."

Here are things some of the teachers at Pinelands North Primary had to say about our workshop:

Haley: "Wow. Firstly thank you so much for engaging both my brain and emotions with such simple yet powerful teachings. I am personally taking away the fact that I may not be able to change my past but I can change the narrative of it. I can then define myself by my preferred story. As a teacher I am so excited to be able to recognise that I am a witness to so many precious little lives. That I can daily challenge myself to listen and to look for the 'spaces' and help navigate them (children) to their preferred stories. This is such a powerful, life changing and healing 'therapy'/practice. SO POSITIVE! Lastly what a relief to know that I dont have to help 'fix' the problem or have all the answers - as we often do... Thank you again for a 'life/ career' changing course."

Leonore: "Thank you Thérèse and Linda for making me both see the small stitches of the tapestry and believe that I can add stitches too.."

Toni: "I feel like these past two days have changed/ shifted/ ignited something huge in me. I loved every single thing about the path we journeyd together. The honest, real, raw stories. The live input. The way you let the feelings in the room lead you. The way you gave us time to let things sink in. The way you gave us a platform to voice our 'aha!' moments. Narrative practice is such a wonder. I will carry it with me in my work, my personal life and my heart. Thank you. Thank you."