On Thursday 6th February, one of the UK’s leading performing poets, Ash Dickinson, ran creative writing sessions at Newquay Tretherras with a selection of Year 9, 10 and 12 students.
Ash Dickinson has won multiple ‘Slam’ poetry competitions, performed all over the world and now spends the majority of his time running workshops in schools around the UK.
After reading aloud examples of his own work, Ash taught the pupils a variety of poetic forms such as ‘Haikus’ and ‘Clerihews’ before encouraging them to write their own. Afterwards, students competed in their own ‘Slam’ competition where they read out poems they had produced on the topic of ‘Britain’.
Some of the students involved remarked, “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 about the workshops: “My aim is to challenge common perceptions of poetry in schools to hopefully make it something that is accessible and relevant to children.”
He continued, “The students were fantastic – they really engaged in all the tasks I threw at them and created some inspiring and imaginative pieces.”