National Poetry Day
Poet Remi Graves joined us on National Poetry Day (28th September) to run a series of workshops with the girls. This year's theme was 'Freedom' and Remi encouraged girls to explore this theme in their writing, culminating in a poetry showcase in Lawnside this afternoon.
Remi Graves is a London based poet and drummer. A Barbican Young Poet, her work can be found in publications such as Skin Deep, Orlando Zine and NON Quarterly. Her past projects include a residency at Croydon Library with Spine Festival and she most recently held the role of Digital Poet in Residence with 1215.today and The Poetry School. Remi is currently one of the 2017 National Poetry Day Ambassadors. She is also one half of Gertrude and Jemima, a poetry and music duo with South African poet and performer Toni Stuart, who presented their improv piece What The Trees Know at Southbank's Africa Utopia festival.
Remi gave a wonderful assembly to the whole school this morning in which she encouraged them to think about what freedom means to them and performed a selection of her poems. "Fantastic", "awesome" and "inspiring" were just some of the comments from the girls - it certainly was an awesome start to our National Poetry Day celebrations.
Here's just a few of the poems the girls were inspired to write!