A Spell for Understanding by Fenland Young Carers
Conjured up during lockdown, this spell for understanding ‘all that we are, not all that we say’ was created by Young Carers in Fenland.
A SPELL FOR STANDING IN ANOTHER’S SHOES
Stir with a spoon and drink in the first light of dawn.
Take the sight of an owl on a long-distance flight
The sound of Gorillas, chest-beating at night
The companionship of one hundred dogs
The patience of badgers who cross roads in the fog
Inside this spell is the shape of our days
All that we are, not all that we say,
This spell must include all that is true,
So stir in a unicorn’s miracle horn,
the noble heart of a lion, the smile of a snake
A giraffe’s dream of the stars
And make no mistake,
Most important of all, hidden away,
a spider’s web, broken, and mended again.
Drink our potion, hear our spell, look us in the eye
Put on our shoes and walk by our side.
We commissioned artist Hilary Cox Condron to collaborate with a group of young carers and Centre 33, Cambridgeshire charity supporting young people. Together they did creative activities and tried different artforms with guest artists Bel Greenwood, Dan Donovan and MarketPlace Creative Agent Colin Stevens. Their responses became a poem, expressive paintings and a short film that was shared as part of Young Carers Action Day on 16 March 2021.
Thanks to Emily, Erin, Pheobe, Lennon, Paige, Kezia, Amber and Sophie
Supported by Centre 33 Amanda Cawthorne and Richard Cross
Creative Producer: Hilary Cox Condron
Film maker: Colin Stevens – Theatricx
Guest artists: Dan Donovan and Bel Greenwood