Poets and Schools

White Tigers, Red Stripes
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An Anthology of poems created by students at Aconbury Pupil Referral Unit working with the school’s Poet in Residence Joelle Taylor. Please do click on White Tigers, Red Stripes to read this powerful anthology.

Aconbury Teacher Emma Collyer writes, “Having the funding and support to bring in outside practitioners such as Joelle Taylor  is an extremely powerful way of engaging with our pupils, and the visible benefits both emotionally and creatively cannot be underestimated.

Having the extra funding to publish the poems in an anthology for the students to take home, validated the quality and power of their writing and  has allowed us to send copies to the schools and agencies we work with to show what our students can achieve.

Thank you once again for supporting the school and providing such amazing opportunities for our students.”

One of the young poets featured in this anthology, Jessica Quinn was shortlisted for this year’s SLAMbassadors national youth slam championships, with a poem inspired by her sessions with Joelle Taylor.

New Projects for 2017

  • Poet Brenda Read-Brown will be John Masefield High School’s Poet in Residence. She will collaborate with the English Faculty to deliver workshops on writing and performance and will perform her own poems as well as create a new JMHS poem.
  • Aconbury Pupil Referral Unit will welcome poets Adam Kammerling and Raymond Antrobus as Poets in Residence making four visits to the school to work with pupils on writing and performing.
  • Poetry and Song Project Dreamcatcher
    Students will have the opportunity to work with poet Roz Goddard, voice coach Robbie Jacobs and composer Freya Waley-Cohen to write their own poetry and songs!  The project and the theme is linked to Edward Elgar’s great work, ‘The Dream of Gerontius’.  Once the songs have been written, the students will be trained on how to sing them with confidence, and have the chance to perform them to an audience of family and friends.  There will be a Dreamcatcher showcase at Ledbury Poetry Festival on Friday 30 June! In addition, children who take part in this project will be invited to attend the final full rehearsal of the Dream of Gerontius on the morning of July 25th in Worcester Cathedral, as part of the 2017 Three Choirs Festival. This project is jointly presented by the Ledbury Poetry Festival and the Three Choirs Festival.
  • Bosbury Primary School and Bromesberrow will enjoy fun and entertaining visits from poet James Carter.

Bench Poems Project with Ledbury Primary School

On Tuesday 5 July pupils from Ledbury Primary School took Festival-goers on a walk with a difference. The pupils led a guided tour around the town and performed their poems at various benches along the way! Pupils also take the opportunity to enjoy the Poetry Periscope with poems in 30 European languages.

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This event is the culmination of an exciting and unusual project with poet Sara-Jane Arbury and Mark Sanderson from Herefordshire Computing Support and marks the launch of the Ledbury Bench Poetry Trail! The children created poems inspired by selected benches and explored ways of linking Values with their local environment. They then worked on innovative performance techniques and filmed the outcome. You can enjoy this clip below, view all their work online through the QR codes on the benches and via the project website at www.ledburybenches.wordpress.com, or better still, why not join the jolly jamboree during the 2016 Ledbury Poetry Festival, Tuesday 5 July and see the children performing live as they take you on a tour of Ledbury’s benches! You will also be able to pick up a leaflet and follow the trail yourself.

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Feedback from pupils taking part in the Keen Writers’ Workshops led by Roz Goddard.

The Primary schools who took part were: Bosbury, Eastnor, Ledbury, Much Marcle, Colwall and Lord Scudamore. These poetry workshops inspired pupils to look at poetry in fresh ways, and featured a range of exercises over the session as well as an opportunity for young writers to read or perform their poems to the group.

Today reminded me how much I loved poetry – how much feeling and passion it takes to become a poet and the true art of writing”. – GRACE

“I learned today that you use your imagination all the time.” – DARCEY

“Awesome, fun, exciting, cool, I loved it”. – HOLLY

I really liked todays poetry workshop, I’ve learnt that it doesn’t have to make sense.  It can be about anything.” – HANNAH

I enjoyed learning new ways of writing poetry and I believe that this may have inspired me to become a poet when I am older!” – LUCY

Poetry By Heart

“Taking a poem into your heart makes it part of you. Saying a poem aloud makes you part of its life in the world. This is a rich and nourishing relationship that can last a lifetime.” Jean Sprackland

Poetry By Heart is a national competition designed to encourage pupils aged 14-18 and at school and college in England to learn and to recite poems by heart.  Not in an arm-waving, props-supported thespian extravaganza, but as the outward and audible manifestation of an inwardly-understood and enjoyed poem. The website http://www.poetrybyheart.org.uk/ has all the information you need and is also packed with useful resources.

Ledbury Poetry Festival is hosting the 2016 County Contest on Saturday 27 February at 2pm in The Burgage Hall in Ledbury.

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Write, Shout and Sing Outloud: Rivers

Pupils from six local primary schools worked with poets Julie Boden and Mandy Ross to create the words for new songs all inspired by the theme of Rivers. They then worked with composer Robert Peate, musicians Olivia Jageurs (harp) and Abi Hyde-Smith (cello) and voice coach Robbie Jacobs to put their words to music. The schools were Bosbury, Bromesberrow, Cradley, Eastnor, Ledbury and Pendock.

The pupils came together to perform their songs and poems at the Festival on Friday 3 July. Here is a recording of this showcase event.

Rivers at Ledbury Poetry Festival

Arts Award Supporter Offer

The Festival can offer work experience and intern opportunities. The Festival can offer tickets to Festival events that include poetry readings, talks, theatrical performances, open mics and slams, film showings, workshops and much more. The Festival could also offer a showcase opportunity for performances, readings, exhibitions etc. Especially where there is a link with poetry in some way.

Ledbury Poetry Festival offers Twilight Inset sessions for teachers involving poet talks and creative writing sessions.

Contact Chloe Garner on 01531 634156 or email director@poetry-festival.co.uk

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Primary and Secondary Twilight Inset Opportunity

Come along to see how your school could benefit from Ledbury Poetry Festival’s Poets in School programme. Your views and opinions are vital for us to provide the flexible programme that best fits the needs of your school. This Inset also offers creative writing opportunities led by poet Mandy Ross.

Tuesday 24 November 2015, 4pm – 6pm, Hellens Manor, Much Marcle, Near Ledbury, HR8 2LY

Please book your place by Friday 20 November by emailing director@poetry-festival.co.uk

Contents:
Writing poetry with Mandy Ross for Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 pupils
An opportunity for you to respond to some specimen creative writing exercises. Mandy will invite you to do some practical hands-on creative writing, find inspiration and get your creative juices flowing. We’ll explore ideas and techniques which you can use and adapt in the classroom.
Mandy Ross has written over 60 books for children of all ages. Mandy has had wide experience of leading creative writing workshops for primary- and secondary-age children with Ledbury Poetry Festival (including acting as poet in residence for Eastnor Primary School), Birmingham Book Festival and CBSO. Mandy is a qualified primary teacher and is a member of Secret City Arts http://www.secretcityarts.com/

Discussion Session – Ledbury Poetry Festival Poet in Schools Programme
Chloe Garner, artistic director of Ledbury Poetry Festival and Fran Bradley, volunteer coordinator, will invite your feedback and suggestions. This is your opportunity to make known the views and requirements of your individual school, and help us form a flexible programme to meet those needs.

Mandy Ross leading a writing sessions at Eastnor

Mandy Ross leading a writing sessions at Eastnor

Past Events and Projects:

Joelle Taylor is poet in residence for three Herefordshire high schools

Identity is the theme of a series of writing and performance workshops for pupils at Aconbury Centre, St David’s Centre in Hereford and John Masefield High School in Ledbury in February and March 2015. In the first workshop pupils will get creating immediately and then edit their poems during their second session. By their third session they will have an opportunity to film themselves performing their poems and to enter the Poetry Society’s Slambassadors youth slam. This is a great project offering in depth writing time for pupils and a chance to work with a superb performance poet and workshop leader.

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Joelle Taylor

 

Mandy Ross leading a writing sessions at Eastnor

Mandy Ross leading a writing sessions at Eastnor