Able Writers’ Day at Stanmore Library on the 12th May


Thirteen pupils from Years Seven and Eight were lucky enough to attend the workshop above. The author running the event was the brilliant performance poet, Neal Zetter and the theme for the day was 1914 – to link with the centenary of WWI.

The workshop was part of a scheme called the Able Writers’ Programme. It was set up about fifteen years ago by the fantastic poet Brian Moses to promote author lead workshops in schools. Over 2800 Secondary, Primary and Independent schools are involved in these events throughout the UK and the Isle of Wight. Ofsted highly praises the programme as it gives children the opportunity to work with a current writer – approaching literature from a different angle – whilst also helping to further build links between local schools within the community.

 

Ami Thakker was one of the Year Seven pupils who attended the day and she can tell you more about the day…

 

On Monday we attended the Able Writer’s Workshop held at Stanmore Library. The amazing performance poet Neal Zetter held this event and we had a whole day of creativity. We learnt new skills and wrote some great poems based around the theme of WW1 to celebrate 100 years since the end of the war. We also met up with Mill Hill County School and collaborated well with them as we shared our thoughts and ideas with them. Neal gave us some great and useful tips on how to improve our writing and shared his techniques with us. He also read and performed some of his amusing poems with great expression and passion. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the day, it was thrilling and very enjoyable.

 

Here are some of the student’s work from the day: