Bristol poet Miles Chambers is giving a series of workshops in local Primary Schools this month to inspire pupils to write poems to enter in the Ablaze annual poetry competition. The first session was at Wrington Primary School. Year 5 pupils spent an hour with Miles learning about poetry, playing games and listening to him perform.
Miles was a hit with the pupils. This is what they had to say:
“It inspired me to do more poetry because you don’t have to sit down for hours; if you look out a window you can see what you want to write.”
“He’s really kind and funny. I love the way he did his expression in the poem. I really liked the game he played; we could all write but nobody knew who had written each bit.”
“He showed us that it might not always be embarrassing to stand up in front of a big audience to share a poem. He showed us that you don’t have to be afraid and that your opinion counts.”
Teacher Sarah Whitehouse clearly enjoyed Miles’s workshop too:
“Miles was fun, lively and engaging. He spoke with passion; not only about poetry but about self-belief and individual expression. The writing games he played were fun and made the children question their own perceptions about poetry. I am really looking forward to seeing how his fantastic workshop inspires the children with their own poetic creations!”
The Ablaze poetry competition is open to all primary schools in our region. The closing date for entries is 15th February 2019 so there’s plenty of time to enter. Go to www.ablazebristol.org/poetry2018-19 for more details.