National Poetry Day
Senior School pupils and staff enjoy a visit from poet Clare Pollard – and a mass outbreak of verse around Kimbolton Castle and grounds!
Senior School pupils and staff marked National Poetry Day 2017 with a visit from poet and author Clare Pollard – and a mass outbreak of verse around Kimbolton Castle and grounds!
Ms Pollard took assembly, where she spoke about the inspiration for writing poetry, and led a series of workshops for our 4th-6th Form pupils. Around the school campus pupils and staff took part in a series of ‘pop up poetry’ readings throughout the day, in locations including the tuck shop, library, orangery and dining hall.
Highlights of the day included Physics teacher Mr Cameron Holmes’s recitation (in English) of a translation of an ancient Chinese poem, while two pupils read from the original. Meanwhile on top of the castle, reciting from the ramparts, Mr Christopher Bates read a poem by the first published black female American poet, Phillis Wheatley (b c.1753). First Former Pippa Moore also entertained audiences with her choice of verse, 'The Life of a Cupcake’ by Shelby Greer.
Head of English, Mr Steven Pollard, said: “National Poetry Day was a unique opportunity to stage readings across the School. It was very pleasing to see so many pupils and staff get involved – with poetry recited every 5 minutes or so during lunchtime, everybody would have heard at least one poem during the course of the day.”
The event also marked the launch of the national 2017-18 ‘Poetry by Heart’ recitation competition, commemorating the centenary of the First World War. Ioana Diac, OK17, was picked to represent the East of England in the Finals last year – for those hoping to follow in her footsteps, the School Final round takes place on 10 November in the Drama Studio.