We were delighted to have a professional writer and poet, Amy Mackelden, visit some of our Year 8 and Year 9 English classes on Monday 26 September.
Her visit was part of a prize won by April Egan last year, then in Year 8, for her poem From Alice’s Perspective. The competition was run by the Poetry Society’s Young Poets Network, in partnership with the Agincourt 600 charity, and April was overall winner in the Secondary category.
Amy Mackelden is a writer and disability activist and said “Some amazing writing came out of the day of workshops. Students at the Academy showed just how creative they are when it comes to poetry, and I hope they continue writing and coming up with new ideas”.
During lessons students focused on creative writing and using objects as inspiration for their work. All students produced a piece of writing at the end of the lesson in different forms e.g. poem/postcard/a piece of descriptive writing. It was a great opportunity for students to engage with and share their work with a professional writer.
Principal, Joy Ballard, said “I have a personal love of poetry and I am glad to see that the art of writing poems is alive and well. Students got stuck in with the sessions with Amy and produced some really creative work”