You may have read in last week’s newsletter about the wonderful poetry written by our Year 6 pupils, which was rewarded with positive reviews from children’s authors Beverley Naidoo, Pippa Goodhart and Verna Wilkins, and even a hand-drawn poster from the Children’s Laureate, author and illustrator, Chris Ridell.
By the end of the week, the children’s work had attracted attention in the Council of Europe and this week the poetry has received over 1,300 positive comments from all over the world on the Letterpress Project Facebook page! This has prompted Karen Argent, Director of the Letterpress Project, to decide to pay for a limited print run of 100 copies of a book of the poems illustrated with the children’s original artwork! Newman University has agreed to make a contribution to the publishing costs.
Yesterday morning Karen came into school to congratulate the children, Miss Cook and Miss Tang, and share more of the responses from an international audience of authors and poets. (Beverley Naidoo even sent a handwritten postcard to each class.) Later in the day we received more good news. The children have been invited to the launch of their very own poetry book on the afternoon of Monday 6 March at Newman University hosted by Beverley Naidoo herself! The children are really excited about the prospect of this unique and exciting opportunity and actually rather surprised by the attention their work has attracted. Ruby summed up the children’s reaction: ‘I can’t quite believe it. It was just another normal Big Writing on a Friday morning’.
It just goes to show how our brilliant staff are enabling our Greenfield children to produce some superb, thought-provoking creative writing, which has the power to move people. Award winning author Allan Gibbons commented: ‘What wonderful poems! One of the finest qualities human beings can have is their ability to see through another person’s eyes, feel the beat of their hearts, sense their sadness and fear, hopes and dreams. That is exactly what the young people in the collection did in these brilliantly observed pieces of writing’.