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Poetry Workshop opportunity for new Y8 students

A free workshop is being offered on July 22nd for students transitioning from Year 7 into Year 8.

There will be two workshops, each running for an hour and taking place during periods 1 and 2.

If you are interested in being involved, speak to your English teacher and see Mrs Prouse to sign up.  Places are limited to 30 students per session and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

The information below tells you more about the project and how you can be involved.

Poetry of Place is an Exeter University poetry writing project with an online digital map of England and Wales where anyone can pin a poem they have written based around themes of heritage, place and identity.

For centuries, authors have used poetry to reflect on local and national identities. One poet, Michael Drayton, published a 15,000-line epic of national description, Poly-Olbion (1612, 1622), that has inspired Places of Poetry. Poly-Olbion includes a unique set of county and regional maps, by the engraver William Hole, upon which our map is based. The poem itself uses places as points of entry into historical narratives, building in the process an extraordinary national vision.

The website is open for writers of all ages to pin their poems to places from 31st May to 4 October 2019. It will then remain available for readers.

Places of Poetry is open to all readers and writers of all ages. It aims to use creative writing to celebrate the diversity, heritage and personalities of place. With this in mind, Places of Poetry are running two poetry workshops at Launceston College for Year 7 students (new Year 8s), led by Kate Campbell from The Charles Causley Trust, where they will be encouraged to put pen to paper and create some poetry of their own to pin to the map.

The Places of Poetry project is led by the renowned poet Paul Farley and the academic Andrew McRae. It is based at the universities of Exeter and Lancaster, and generously funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England. It is underpinned by national partnerships with the Ordnance Survey, The Poetry Society, and National Poetry Day.

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