Poet’s visit proves in­spi­ra­tional

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Pri­mary school pupils’ writ­ing has been in­spired by a work­shop with a na­tion­ally ac­claimed poet.

Harry Baker vis­ited Mole­hill Pri­mary Academy and read the chil­dren three of his own po­ems. He then led two po­etry work­shops with the pupils from Years 6 and 7.

Kate Evans, head of English, said: “He re­ally in­spired the chil­dren – and the staff. And we’ve all been writ­ing our own po­ems since.”

Mr Baker’s visit was some­thing of a coup for Mrs Evans. She had been fol­low­ing him on Twit­ter and sim­ply tweeted an in­vi­ta­tion for him to visit the school to help them cel­e­brate Na­tional Po­etry Day.

Mr Baker ac­cepted and gave his time for free.

Some of the po­ems writ­ten by the chil­dren at the school in Here­ford Road, Maid­stone, can be read on the school’s web­site.

Pic­ture: Chris Davey FM4938414

Poet Harry Baker with pupils Bill Oliver, Lilyanne Ake­hurst, Mia Towle and Liam Pem­berthy, all nine, at Mole­hill Pri­mary Academy

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