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Award Winning Poet Visits the Academy

 

Attleborough Academy staff and students had the wonderful opportunity of hearing  renowned poet, Esther Morgan, read from her latest published anthology – The Wound Register - in our library this week.  Esther, who has won numerous awards, including the Bridport Poetry Prize, Aldeburgh Festival First Collection Prize, and has been a T S Elliot Award nominee, explored with the audience the origin of the ideas for this anthology and the methods of her particular creative writing processes.  The enthralled audience of Year 12 and 13 English Literature students and Academy staff also enjoyed the chance to question the poet: about her poetry; the writing experiences;  her journey  from working for the Wordsworth Trust, to being a University of East Anglia Masters English graduate- studying with former Poet Laureat Andrew Motion- to  becoming a published poet.  In the final part of the poetry reading session, A Level Literature students had a chance to analyse two of Esther’s poems from earlier anthologies with the poet as a fantastic practice for the Unseen element of their A Level examination unit.

Assistant Headteacher, Carmina McConnell who organised the evening commented: “It is always a pleasure to listen to a poet of Esther’s quality read their own work. It is fantastic for students to have this rare opportunity to analyse and discuss poetry with the author themselves. Our superb English department -  led by Ms Caroline Phoenix - recognises the educational benefits of students having this type of direct contact with experts in the field and we are always looking for opportunities to provide this.”