15th December 2014
Year 9 pupils had a special treat when they took part in a poetry workshop run by the award winning British poet and children's author, Graham Burchell, and organiser of the annual Teignmouth Poetry Festival, Ronnie Aaronson.
Graham was born in 1950 in Canterbury and now lives in nearby Dawlish. In 1976 he graduated from the University of Sussex and embarked on a teaching career that would take him to various places around the world including Zambia, Saudi Arabia, Tenerife, Mexico, France and Chile. His poetry has brought him recognition at many poetry festivals in recent years, and he has also written children’s books, including his first children’s fantasy novels, Wumpleberries and Gronglenuts and The Ice Spells of Krollinad, published in 2003, and 2005 respectively. He too is closely involved with the Teignmouth Poetry Festival.
Graham and Ronnie led students through a thought-provoking series of tasks. For example, they were asked to invent a fearsome situation, then to imagine the music which would accompany it, then to imagine the right colour for the mood! Pupils worked on a rough draft which will be refined when the visitors return next term to complete the workshop, something which our eager Year 9’s are looking forward to immensely.