Mayflower 400 Southampton


The light writer, KRYT created by artist Gijs van Bon, will be writing poems created by school children from Southampton, onto a projection wall.  With the passage of time, the written text fades away, giving space for continuous poetic text accompanied by sound.  Audiences are taken into a story, as very slowly light, sound and text merge allowing you to enter the writers head.  KRYT mixes technology, the beauty of poetry and sound into an exciting performance. 

KRYT Engagement Programme

To support KRYT, Audacious have worked with ArtfulScribe to commission Susmita Bhattacharya to create a digital resource package to be made available to schools to support KS2 teachers delivering poetry sessions, teaching students how to write poetry about the Mayflower 400 exploring themes of:

Identity of Southampton.

Relationships with the sea. 
Journeys & migrations.
To celebrate people of the world.

Southampton as a gateway to the world. 


Kennings are a Norse form of compact noun that can result in memorable imagery to contain in a poem. Access the video workshop and read some Kennings created by young people in Southampton.

List Poems are poems which are created based on a list of items. In Susmita’s workshop we start off with a list of supplies that would have been taken on the Mayflower’s journey. Access the video workshop and read some list poems created by young people in Southampton.

A Tanka is a Japanese form of syllabic verse consisting of 5 lines of poetry. Access the video workshop and read some Tanka created by young people in Southampton.

Film Poetry Competition

In Autumn 2020, Audacious ran a Film Poetry Competition to celebrate Southampton, a city and a community, built on journeys and migration.  Focussing on the themes of identity, journeys and migrations and relationships with the sea, they asked for film poetry submissions of up to a maximum of three minutes that reflect the themes of the Mayflower 400.

A digital resource package can be seen below.

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