Photo by Rakicevic Nenad from Pexels I have the best job in the world. I spent three weeks in November feeling right at home at DGS – huge thanks to the English team, who made me feel so welcome, and a special INCREDIBLY BIG thank you to the Year 9 students (all 270 of them),Continue reading “Patron of Writing: Looking forwards. Looking back.”
I’m delighted to be able to publish two poems, specially commissioned for the 100 years of Remembrance, written by the Didcot Girls’ Poets Laureate: Kat Richards and Nina Winstone. Please take a moment to read. Reflect. Remember. *** Poems are copyright of Nina Winstone & Kat Richards ©
‘I open the door and then I see a lonely man as lonely as I was when I got taken away I went up to him and said Do you need a friend and the wind started to blow I was cold he was cold but there was nothing there…’ (Text © of the author,Continue reading “Open the door”
I’m at the end of my first week of poetry workshops with Year 9 at Didcot Girls’ School and just couldn’t be happier. The responses to the sessions have been absolutely glowing! So before I take the weekend off, and get some R&R in preparation for week two, I thought I’d share some of theContinue reading “Delight”
At DGS my job is to shine a spotlight on creative writing (and in particular, poetry) in this community.
All good things come to an end. But as I told my brilliant young writers at Didcot Girls, this is not the end of their writing journey, it’s just the start. Last week we met for our last mentoring session and we were ending on a high, with our really inspiring launch event still freshContinue reading “#LetsDoThisKids 12: Destination X”
‘It’s expanding my mind on poetry’
As a writing mentor, what can I offer them? How will I share it? How will it impact them?
So, what does happen when we give young people a few simple writing tools and FREEDOM ? I’m excited to be able to share snippets of work that some brilliant 13 and 14 year old writers at Didcot Girls’ School have created this week. (And I should add that these are drafts produced in aContinue reading “#LetsDoThisKids – 2 (Or: what I’d like to show you after one week of student workshops)”
If you’ve been bewitched by ‘Blue Planet 2’, incredulous at its scale of underwater life, shocked by its prey and predators, then be prepared to be equally transported by the poetry in ‘Mama Amazonica’. Petit’s collection is an emerald forest of a book. The power of Petit’s poetry here, I think, lies in her graftingContinue reading “An emerald forest of a book: A Review of Pascale Petit’s poetry collection, ‘Mama Amazonica’”