Forging New Realities: Using Drama Conventions and Poetry to Explore the Issue of Terrorism

William Barlow* (Corresponding Author), James MacGregor

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This conceptual paper examines the possibilities for restorying the self through drama conventions using narrative poetry as a stimulus. Using, the poem “The Terrorist, He’s Watching” by Wislawa Szymborska to engage with drama conventions, we illustrate how educators might support young and marginalised people to participate in the process of restorying. In doing so, we argue for the
importance of using poetry and drama to create meta-narratives of discourse which empower participants to restory themselves into the dominant forms of narrative through creative exploration. Szymborska’s poem has been chosen as a stimulus due to poet’s use of the multiple perspectives and roles, in different times and places, which enable people to reshape and reimagine their identity and explore dominant narratives about terrorism. The authors intend to follow this conceptual piece with an empirical study
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)174-185
Number of pages12
JournalEnglish in Education
Issue number2
Early online date6 Aug 2021
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • poetry
  • drama conventions
  • restorying
  • terrorism


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