2017 Litfest2444 in Port Macquarie engages Mid North Coast students

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Port Macquarie’s inaugural storytelling festival has engaged young minds with the written, spoken, visual and digital word. 

Litfest2444 was on May 19 at Mackillop College and gave students from across the Mid North Coast the opportunity to learn from prominent journalists, writers, artists, screenwriters, musicians, podcasters, poets and filmmakers. 

Jenna Mynott ran the Blackout Poetry workshop as part of Litfest2444. 

Ms Mynott said the workshop gave students exposure to a non traditional form of poetry. 

Her biggest passion is to help inspire young people to unlock their creativity.

Ms Mynott works with students to move past any fears they might have. 

“Being prepared to fail and try again and just having a bit of fun with a way of accessing different words that they probably wouldn’t think of doing,” she said. 

Ms Mynott said the beauty about blackout poetry is that it is completely accessible to everyone of any age and ability. 

“I’ve got six-year-olds who have given it a go,” she said. 

“There are words on a page and you are just finding patterns within them to find something new.” 

Ms Mynott views poetry as connecting with the world and making meaning. 

Jess O'Callaghan ran a workshop on citizen journalism at the event on May 19. Ms O’Callaghan produces radio and social media for ABC Radio National Drive. 

Ms O’Callaghan said she would have loved a Litfest when she was growing up in Port Macquarie. 

“I’m really excited to be able to come back and be part of it,” she said.