Poet vis­its de­lighted Fern­hill pupils

Rutherglen Reformer - - Gossip Girl -

Pupils at Fern­hill School were treated to a visit from one of Scot­land’s most fa­mous poets.

Liz Lochhead, who was un­til re­cently the Scots Makar, re­cently re­ceived the Queen’s Medal for po­etry.

The higher English class have stud­ied six of her po­ems in prepa­ra­tion for their exams, and she spent the af­ter­noon per­form­ing recitals, ex­plain­ing the ideas be­hind her work, and en­cour­ag­ing pupils to find their own po­etic voices.

Class teacher Mr Gille­spie, said: “Rarely do pupils get the op­por­tu­nity to meet with the writer of the texts they are study­ing for their exams and this visit came at a crit­i­cal time in their stud­ies and pro­vided a mar­vel­lous op­por­tu­nity to un­der­stand the nu­ances of the po­etry and have the op­por­tu­nity to ask Liz ques­tions.

“To have heard the po­ems re­cited will have a hugely pos­i­tive im­pact on their learn­ing and will be some­thing they will al­ways re­mem­ber.

“This was, with­out ques­tion, a prime ex­am­ple of bring­ing learn­ing to life by pro­vid­ing con­text and mean­ing to the work the pupils have stud­ied in class.”

Flower girl Liz Lochhead meets pupils at Fern­hill School

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