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If you’d like me to run a poetry workshop in a school, museum or gallery, please email eocenepress[AT]gmail[DOT]com.

On 29th November 2011 I had the pleasure of running a day of poetry workshops for the girls and boys at William Martin Infant School in Harlow, Essex. this was during one of the school’s regular ‘creative weeks’, when the children enjoy seven days of artistic activities themed on topics they’ve studied in class.

This creative week was based on all the celebrations that take place around that time of year – Harvest Festival, Hallowe’en, Bonfire Night, Diwali, Christmas and so on. Visiting each class in turn, I therefore worked with the children on sound poems describing a truly raucous party! Each class discussed noises they’d come across at celebrations – banging drums, tooting horns, tinkling bells, stamping feet, the whoosh and boom of fireworks. The students were encouraged to vigorously enact the words they came up with, helping them to enjoy the feeling of the sounds. the class then created a collaborative poem, with each child contributing a line describing a celebratory noise, and the whole group joining in with every onomatopoeia.

Finally the entire school gathered in the assembly hall for a massive, collaborative performance. The children were soon chanting and fizzing and booming like 180 little Bob Cobbings. A splendid time was had by all.

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