Virtual Poetry Festival
Each year the English Department hosts the GHS Poetry Festival which is a celebration of the creativity and talent of our pupils. We have a Poet in Residence with whom the pupils have a bespoke workshop, time to draft and create and then a celebration of the finalists with announcements of the winners. This year is no different: the creativity has flowed, expertise has been shared and extraordinary poetry has been produced. The workshop took the form of a podcast created by our Poet in Residence, Rachel Long, and the pupils produced performance poems which they videoed themselves performing, as well as submitting a written version. The theme this year was ‘Transitions’.
In place of an evening event, we put together a video of all the finalists performing their poems which which can be watched below.
The department also produced an accompanying booklet in which all the finalists’ poems have been published.
I extend my congratulations to all the pupils for their wonderful poems, and particularly the finalists and winners:
Commended Poet: Alana Amankul, 7SF
Winner: Florence Datta, 7HG
Commended Poet: Ella Needham, 8CW
Winner: Olivia Cameron, 8SH
Commended Poets: Charlotte Allen, 9CW and Eleanor Woodfire, 9HD
Jess Harmer, 9GL
It has been heartening and joy inducing to see the creativity of our pupils, and we are very proud of them.
Mrs Jemima Prideaux