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Metaphor in Creative Sign Language project engages young Koreans

Korean visitors to the GSoE with Dr Rachel Sutton-spence (left)

Korean visitors to the GSoE with Dr Rachel Sutton-spence (left)

3 September 2012

In August Dr Rachel Sutton-Spence, students from Seoul's National University and members of the Korean Association for Disabled Creative Writing convened a special workshop and shared research about the way poetry can be used to express self-identity and also outcomes from a recently concluded three-year project 'Metaphor in Creative Sign Language' (MICSL).

Sutton-Spence Korean visitors

Korean visitors to the GSoE with Dr Rachel Sutton-spence (left)

On 24th August, Dr Rachel Sutton-Spence, Graduate School of Education, hosted ten young people from Seoul National University including members of the Korean Association for the Disabled’s Creative Writing.  A specially convened workshop shared research about the way poetry could be used to express self-identity, outcomes of the recently concluded three-year Metaphor in Creative Sign Language (MICSL) project.

It was a fascinating visit and lovely to meet signers with such talent and potential to develop Korean Sign Language poetry. I hope Paul and I will be able to work with them again in the future.

Dr Rachel Sutton-Spence
After a brief presentation on the work of the project, poet and and educator, Paul Scott, performed two of his British Sign Language (BSL) poems and explained the fundamentals of BSL poetry.

The six students then performed a Korean Sign Language poem they composed as part of PLAY (‘Pursuing Literature About You’).

After a rich exchange of ideas the two teams expressed hopes that the Graduate School of Education would be able to work with the Korean Association in the future to develop programmes in literature education for disabled young people.

Rachel Sutton-Spence said: "It was a fascinating visit and lovely to meet signers with such talent and potential to develop Korean Sign Language poetry. I hope Paul and I will be able to work with them again in the future."

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