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Letters for Learners by Eliot North

May 18th, 2015


Thanks you Eliot North for this poem chronicling our Letters for Learners project!



Over Byker Bridge a metro rumbles

The sound of key-strokes as Michael tumbles

Words of research on his computer,

A letter forming from rhyme and meter

To send to someone as yet unknown,

Who’ll receive this missive in their home.




Matt is exploring what wellbeing means;

How stats can skew things, define hopes and dreams.

Governments like numbers but who provides?

Statisticians like counting, there’s the divide.

Wellbeing is personal, what do they measure?

Feet in plush carpet; is this your pleasure?




Jayne has a warm-up, breathe in and out

Mimic the wind and tide with your shout.

Decisions needing making. Who has the power?

Make your voice heard, it will take just an hour.

A mix tape is offered; connect with her vision

Mind maps or software, there is no division.




Quoc is a scientist, senses are key;

How do we connect what we hear and we see?

Earplugs and eye masks are props that we name,

To understand different parts of the brain.

Occipital, temporal; place you hand there,

Let’s see if your isolate sense is aware.




Kate makes her art out of things we all do,

When we’re not thinking of words and who’s who.

Think of your gestures, sighs and eye contact.

Observe your doctor, what is the impact?

Non-verbal noises, the sway of your hips

What do we say without moving our lips?





Michael now asks us to think of identity;

Generation’s relation to gender and geography.

Go get a photo, a place you hold dear

Collect all reminders, ones you have near.

Put in the envelopes; one gold, one red

Associations will then flood your head.




Letters for learners; Cap-a-Pie’s scheme.

Katy and Brad steer the writers up stream.

Newcastle public, we want to engage;

Hear from a researcher, then turn the page.

Read through our letters and soon make some art,

I think we’ve all made one hell of a start!


If you’d like to receive a letter from a research visit our Letters for Learners page.

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