‘It’s not just a couple of words that have to rhyme’ - project shows pupils the joys of poetry

School's PoetryQuest at Norwich Playhouse. St Michael's VA Junior School pupils, left to right, Abi,

School's PoetryQuest at Norwich Playhouse. St Michael's VA Junior School pupils, left to right, Abi, Lucy and Tyler.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

They strode onto the stage, paused for a moment to calm their nerves, and looked their audience in the eye. And then, they started to recite.

School's PoetryQuest at Norwich Playhouse. Colman Junior School pupils perform one of their poems.Pi

School's PoetryQuest at Norwich Playhouse. Colman Junior School pupils perform one of their poems.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

A three-month project to introduce primary school pupils to the joys of poetry came to a successful finale at the Norwich Playhouse yesterday, with children giving a series of confident performances in front of a full house.

Young poets from Colman, West Earlham, St Michael's and Kinsale junior schools explored the themes of 'What I know', 'When I grow up', 'Fears', and 'Journeys', after holding a series of workshops with poets Luke Wright and Molly Naylor.

Millie Hull, 10, from Colman Junior School, whose small group performed a poem they wrote about food, said: 'Me and my friends thought that poetry was just a couple of words that had to rhyme, but we found out it is not. It's more about using your imagination and having a good time.'

Aston Gibson, 10, whose group from Colman wrote about love, said: 'I thought poetry was nothing to do with me, but Luke really made that decision false. I really enjoyed poetry.'

School's PoetryQuest at Norwich Playhouse. Colman Junior School pupils perform one of their poems.Pi

School's PoetryQuest at Norwich Playhouse. Colman Junior School pupils perform one of their poems.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant


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It was the first time PoetryQuest, run by arts charity Children and the Arts, had come to Norfolk, and Mr Wright said: 'I was really, really impressed with them today.'

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