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Poet thanks Leeds PGCE students for help with Anthology

22 July 2011 |

WordscatterProfessional poet John Nash has collated an anthology of poetry by pupils at five West Yorkshire schools with help from Leeds School of Education PGCE students.

The pupils from the five schools working on this years creative writing project have been on an interesting writing journey. It began earlier this year with a tour around the University of Leeds, and a writing workshop with John, as part of the Widening of Participation scheme which encourages young people to consider higher education among their options.

The pupils also made a day long visit to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park at Bretton near Wakefield where work by Spanish Sculptor Jaume Plensa, whose work emphasises speech and communication, is being exhibited this year. Many of the poems featured in the anthology, entitled "Words Scatter", were conceived at the Sculpture Park during the visit.

John Nash thanked Leeds PGCE students, saying:

"Every year as I read through the poems, I think this must be the best work yet"

"Thanks must go to the PGCE students from the University of Leeds who were a brilliant support throughout the months of the project, and key in making sure I received final drafts and photographs for the final edit. I would therefore like to wish Caroline Wilson, Leona Heimfield, Vicky Littler, Ashleigh Brown and Roz Cruickshank all the best in their future teaching careers."

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