Poetry Assembly & Workshop

On Wednesday Years 7, 8 and 9 were treated to a performance by poet Lewis Buxton in assembly. Lewis read poems from his new collection, ‘Boy in Various Poses’, and shared insights into writing poetry and how he gets his work published. Lewis then led workshops for Years 7, 10, 12 and 13. He started by turning the question ‘How are you?’ into a poetic exercise where pupils had to first answer as truthfully as possible, then with a lie and then as strangely as possible. Year 7 pupils then worked on similes and metaphors. They experimented with unusual juxtapositions, for example using the weather and everyday objects to describe the body in similes like Georgie’s ‘My mind rolls like thunder’. Year 10 did a similar exercise for describing places. Years 12 and 13 wrote poems inspired by their names using the freewriting technique. Pupils also studied poems by James Tate and Warsan Shire and Lewis shared his reading recommendations including Sharon Olds, Virginia Woolfe, Zadie Smith, Albert Camus, Hannah Lowe, Bram Stoker, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and UA Fanthorpe.