A book of women boasting begun by Totterdown poet proves a huge successg

May 25 2018
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Women boasting? That can’t be right! But a book of poetry on the theme of women shouting about their achievements has been such a success, enough money has been raised to get it into more than 200 schools.

Project Boast goes to school!

Women boasting? That can’t be right! But a book of poetry on the theme of women shouting about their achievements has been such a success, enough money has been raised to get it into more than 200 schools.

Totterdown poet Rachel Bentham and fellow-poet Alyson Hallett asked women to boast, to speak of themselves. The poems that came rolling back at them were so powerful, funny and provoking that they decided they had to become a book – and they called it Project Boast. 

After a hugely successful launch, with standing room only, there was such a positive response to the book that they decided to start a crowdfunding campaign to get it into schools. 

‘We hope that young people will be inspired and encouraged to value their own achievements and speak of themselves with pride,’ said Alyson. 

At the end of the book, there is a list of suggestions for how to start ‘boasting’, and it’s proving to be an empowering process.

The crowdfunding is also proving successful. “We’re halfway towards our target! This will get books into over approximately 200 Bristol schools,” said Rachel.

 To find out more about Project Boast and thecrowdfunding campaign:

https://chuffed.org/project/project-boast-inspiring-young-people  

• If there are any teachers who would like to plan a session for pupils based on the book, Rachel would love to hear from them – just visit the website above, or email her ℅ the Voice.

 

Here's a poem from the book:

Terms and Conditions, Tania Hershman

I can’t call it mine, though I paint its nails my chosen shades, I clean

and feed it. Mostly, it seems satisfied; sometimes I’m woken in the night,

stomach complaining. It sits me on this sofa, walks me to work. Is the agreement

hire-purchase? Or am I a hotel guest: sure, make a mess, we’ll straighten the sheets – but don’t

                                  stealfromtheminibar smashamirror riptheTVfromthewall

                                                                                                        We have your credit card.

When I vacate, who next gets that tiny kettle, the unused shampoos? Will I regret leaving

the miniatures untouched? And will my final sigh be for the fear that wouldn’t let me

ignore prudence and warning letters, turn the volume up

                                                                                               and roar.