National Poetry Day with Poet Matt Abbott

Mr Knowland
October 8, 2018

National Poetry Day was celebrated in style with year 7,8 and 9 pupils working with professional poet Matt Abbott. This year’s theme was ‘Change’ and Matt taught pupils how to start with simple ideas and develop them into great sounding poetry.

Our pupils were really inspired by Matt’s performance styled poetry and we were lucky to work with him as he began a 22 date UK tour the very next day. Matt is well known for his Spoken Word poetry. He has his own record label and has performed at various venues such as the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Matt really enjoyed working at Cornelius, calling our pupils ‘legends’ on his Twitter feed shortly after.

Several pupils told us how they now wanted to keep writing poetry, but one summed it up perfectly: “I never liked poetry before; but now I love it.” A great day and we’d love to work with Matt again.

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