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Yorkshire Poet James Nash inspires young writers

Published 2nd Oct 2014 by Rebecca Greenhough

​New Year 7 pupils at member Hipperholme Grammer School, were delighted and privileged to welcome renowned Yorkshire Poet James Nash into their classroom for a poetry writing workshop in preparation for National Poetry Day.

James began the morning by talking to the pupils about how he began to write poetry and what inspires him to write creatively. He told them about his work when he was commissioned by Northern Ballet to create captions to accompany a series of ballet photos. James showed the children some of the pictures and explained how he had captured the essence of the image in a few words. He also talked to them about describing objects such as an old battered trumpet or a worn brown suitcase and challenged the children to use powerful and descriptive language to create a poem.

The theme of this year’s National Poetry Day is ‘Remember’, so the workshop led up to the challenge for each child to write their own poem on this theme. At the end of the afternoon, the pupils were eager to read out their literary creations to James and the rest of the class. All agreed it had been a wonderful experience and were amazed by how much they had achieved whilst working with James, especially those who thought they could not write poetry!

“It was a fun filled day of poetry. James Nash was amazing!” said Chloe, whilst Holly described the workshop as a “once in a lifetime experience” and Maximus thought that “it was very inspirational!”

James was extremely enthusiastic about their achievements. “I am very impressed by the exceptional creativity and writing ability of such young pupils, and it has been a pleasure to work with them, “ he said.

All the Year 7s’ poems about ‘Remembering’ will be entered into the School’s annual poetry competition to be judged later in the term.

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