WAR poetry is not just the preserve of some of the most famous poets of the First World War, as last week students in Chippenham put their feelings on the subject on paper.

Poetry workshops for Year 8 pupils were held at Hardenhuish School with poet Ash Dickinson.

The sessions are part of war poetry in their English studies this term and their aim was to broaden their knowledge of poetic techniques whilst strengthening their understanding of the subject.

The students six-line poems of 26 syllables called shadormas before looking at the poem In Flanders Fields.

The poet also read some of his work with subjects ranging from Donald Trump to robots.

He said: “Hardenhuish's Year 8s were fantastic! Their attitude towards me was wonderful, not to mention their approach to the theme of war which we undertook.

"They wrote mature, considered, empathetic responses, and mobilised the English language to great effect.”