Poetry Live! Register for free GCSE poetry event in September

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A fantastic free opportunity for Year 10/11 English GCSE students.

Lit Up 2017/Bridlington Poetry Festival is pleased to offer free GCSE poetry sessions to schools from the East Riding on National Poetry Day – Thursday 28 September. 

This unique event will be streamed live from Hull University to Bridlington Spa Theatre. 

Poets on the AQA and Eduqas syllabus will read and discuss their own poems, along with another exam poem by a poet of their choice. They will discuss how poems connect to and influence other poems and respond to student questions.

The poets are:

  • Simon Armitage, the current Oxford Professor of Poetry, one of Britain’s most popular poets, who has been awarded the CBE for services to poetry.
  • Imtiaz Dharker, who has been awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for her English poetry. Dharker was born in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan to Pakistani parents.
  • Daljit Nagra who, in 2004, won the Forward Prize for best single poem for ‘Look We Have Coming to Dover!’  

The session will be chaired by Tony Childs, an experienced Chief Examiner for English Literature. Tony Childs will deal with two skills vital for success in the GCSE English Literature examinations; how students might deal with unseen poems, and how to write for the best possible results, as well as comparing poems, whether studied or unseen.

The event is hosted by Antony Dunn, Artistic Director of Bridlington Poetry Festival. There will be an opportunity to ask questions from the Spa audience as we join up with an audience of students from Hull schools at Middleton Hall.

We are offering two sessions; 9:00 – 12:00 and 13:00 – 16:00.

Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please contact Angela Sykes to request a booking (angela.sykes@eastriding.gov.uk). 

Please include:

  • Main contact name
  • Main contact email and mobile number
  • School
  • Morning/afternoon preference
  • Number of places requested. 

Deadline for booking: Friday 14 July 

As tickets are free, we do need to know in advance if your plans change. We want to make sure all the seats are taken so as many students as possible can benefit from this event.

Coaches can drop off/pick up outside the Spa but will need to park in the coach park on Hilderthorpe Road (next to Tesco).

For more information, visit www.litup.org.uk/bridlington-poetry-festival/

Lit Up partners

Poetry Live! has been organised by Contains Strong Language, the BBC’s new poetry and spoken word festival in Hull, in conjunction with BBC Learning . 

The event is supported by Bridlington Spa and East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

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