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Top author visits Shoreham school

Released: Thursday, 11 October 2018

One of the UK's most celebrated poets visited a Shoreham school thanks to funding from Adur District Council.

The recognised “Bard of Yorkshire” Ian McMillan popped in to Swiss Gardens Primary School to spend time with the children before performing as a headline act for this year's Shoreham Wordfest.

Ian ran an engaging poetry workshop for a group of 10 and 11-year-olds followed by an assembly for 180 pupils, where he set about constructing a new school poem with the children.

Of all the things to find in a classroom, Ian used a mysterious stain on the ceiling as the basis for his workshop. The pupils of Swiss Gardens Primary were hooked and let their imagination flow as they created a brilliant story on the origins of the odd mark.

Speaking at the event, Ian said:

“I love coming into schools and making it up as I go along, and this afternoon was a wonderful example of the genre.”

“What I always like is the fact that young people are open to ideas. It had narrative and drive, it had images, it had rhythm and rhyme, all of which they made up themselves.”

The visit was organised by Shoreham Wordfest, and had been made possible thanks to the sponsorship from Adur District Council.

Councillor Neil Parkin, Leader of Adur District Council, said:

“I'm delighted that some of the money we gave Wordfest has gone to bringing Ian into the school. It really was a day to remember for many of the youngsters and highlights why we are so keen to support culture in our communities.”

“I think the organisers are putting on a wonderful festival in Shoreham and beyond. It's a real highlight of our cultural calendar and I am delighted to be supporting it.”

Amanda Evans, English Co-ordinator for the school said:

“We were thrilled to have a nationally famous poet visiting our school, and the children were all looking forward to welcoming Ian McMillan to Swiss Gardens.”

Wordfest organiser Rosalind Turner said:

"Ian's poetry is often a humorous reflection of modern day life, and is popular with all ages. We hope the students of Swiss Gardens Primary School has a brilliant time and were inspired to create new writing of their own."

For full details of Wordfest visit the Shoreham Wordfest website

Photo: (left to right) Rosalind Turner, Programme Director of Shoreham Wordfest, Ian McMillan and Chrissie Ient, Wordfest Volunteer

PR18-179 - Rosalind Turner, Programme Director of Shoreham Wordfest, Ian McMillan & Chrissie Ient, Wordfest Volunteer

Photo: Ian McMillan creating a poem with the students in the assembly

PR18-179 - Ian McMillan creating a poem with the students in the assembly

Photo: Children enjoying Ian McMillan's poetry workshop

PR18-179 - Children enjoying Ian McMillan's poetry workshop

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