I enjoyed hearing Poet Laureate Simon Armitage's poem 'Ark' on BBC Radio 4 this week. The poem was written to commemorate the launch of the UK's new polar research ship, the 'Sir David Attenborough'. Here is a clip of Simon Armitage reading the poem: https://twitter.com/BBCr4today/status/1177172927478976513 and here is a link to the poem on… Continue reading Poetry responding to Climate Change: Simon Armitage
My weekly visits to St Gregory's Catholic College, Bath, have come to an end now that the school year has finished. I'm grateful to Headteacher, Ann Cusack, for inviting me to be Writer in Residence for a year, and to all students and staff who welcomed me to the school community and ensured that I… Continue reading Thoughts on how to set up a residency #writerinschool
I wanted to write a few posts before my residency at St Gregory's Catholic College ends, especially mentioning poems that prompted a lot of animated discussion and produced some exciting creative writing from school students. 'Other Clouds' by Rebecca Perry from her collection Beauty/Beauty (Bloodaxe, 2015) and 'what my mother (a poet) might say' by Mary… Continue reading Poems that find a way to say what isn’t said #writerinschool
I am so proud of the young poets who took to the stage to read their work on the outdoor stage in busy Southgate, Bath, on Saturday, 19th May for Bath Festival. There is a lovely write-up and a few pictures on the school blog.
I'm back at St Gregory's Catholic College, Bath, for my final term as Writer in Residence and I thought I'd mention two poems which students have particularly enjoyed. Both are about creatures - one about a wasp, and one about seagulls. The students loved reading the poems and they've written brilliant poems in response. … Continue reading Using Rebecca Perry’s ‘Wasp’ and Brian McCabe’s ‘Seagull’ in a poetry workshop — #writerinschool