Friday, 13 June 2014

Performance poet gives pupils top tips

Neal Zetter, a professional performance poet, passed on his top tips for writing both poems and raps to some of Newport's talented Year 5 writers. During the day long workshop, held at William Cobbett school in Farnham, pupils worked extremely hard to polish their own poems under Neal's expert eye. He also enthralled the audience with his own poems; Devon, Isabelle and Alex especially enjoyed I wish I was a Sumo wrestler , I'm a bee and The detention rap.  
Pupils from schools across Hampshire were astonished to discover that it takes Neal about 40 minutes to write a poem however he spend up to a day editing it! He also encouraged the workshop's budding poets to experiment with words and take risks , avoid using rhyming words and establish a beat to a poem using a repetition of a word or  short phrase.
Poetry fans can read more of Neal's latest poems (he has produced 800 poems since  the tender age of eight!) in his new book "Bees in my bananas-lots of funny poems". A copy of which will be in the school library for everyone to enjoy.

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