Glastonbury poet shows Easington Academy pupils the write way forward

Pupils from Easington Colliery primary, Ryan Briggs and Oliver Defty taking part in a poetry workshop with Poet, Kate Fox on her visit to Easington Academy.
Pupils from Easington Colliery primary, Ryan Briggs and Oliver Defty taking part in a poetry workshop with Poet, Kate Fox on her visit to Easington Academy.
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WIT and words came together as students discovered a new way to write poetry.

Kate Fox, who was this year’s poet-in-residence at Glastonbury and performs regularly on Radio 4, worked with children from Easington Academy and nearby primary schools as they wrote and performed their own pieces.

The groups also worked on kennings – poems made up of several stanzas of two words – to describe a person, animal or object. Kate said: “They seemed to really enjoy it and really got into performing it.

“With the kennings, they said they’d wished they’d had more chance to do that before, because it gave them that freedom they wanted.”

She added they had also been given the task of writing about themselves, as well 
as subjects of their choice, during the 
visit.

The event was part of a collaborative project between Seven Stories, the national centre for children’s books in Newcastle.

Its aim is to get pupils from all schools involved and their staff work on their creative writing skills and support younger children from feeder schools as they make their move to a comprehensive.

Year fives and sixes were among those who joined in. Workers from Seven Stories were on hand during the event, which followed on from a similar project last year.