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Pupils earn poetic licence

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: February 12, 2014

RHYTHM AND RHYME: Poet Ash Dickinson leads a writing workshop at Newquay Tretherras.

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PUPILS at Newquay Tretherras waxed lyrical about a visit from performance poet Ash Dickinson on Thursday.

The winner of several slam poetry competitions, he led creative writing workshops for pupils from Years 9, 10, and 12.

After reading extracts from his own work Ash taught the students how to write a haiku, a Japanese form which has taken on a new life in English, as well as a comical four-line verse called a clerihew.

The youngsters then recited their own work, on the theme of Britain, in an in-house poetry slam.

One of the pupils who took part said: "It was a really valuable experience, as I learnt a lot about new poetry styles and techniques.

"Ash has made us like poetry a lot more whereas before we didn't really enjoy it."

Ash said: "My aim is to challenge common perceptions of poetry in schools to hopefully make it something that's accessible and relevant to children.

"The students were fantastic; they really engaged in all the tasks I threw at them and created some amazing, imaginative pieces."

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