Young Chippenham poets shine out after Hardenhuish workshops

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Performance poet Marcus Moore Performance poet Marcus Moore

Renowned performance poets Marcus Moore and Sarah-Jayne Arbury led workshops at Hardenhuish School in Chippenham.

Two days of year 7 workshops culminated in a showpiece finals evening attended by more than 150 parents and guests.

Kieran Hodge and Daniel Shea were given gift vouchers for their winning poem, A Typical Classroom, which combined a unique description of class life with dramatic acting.

Matt Hall, English curriculum leader at Hardenhuish, said: “We are keen to challenge the stereotype that poetry is boring and staid.

“The workshops and the finals evening were great fun and the pupils have really shone on stage, with a very high standard of verse.”

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