Performance poet Dreadlockalien ran writing workshops with our Year 9 students at the end of last term. The fast-paced sessions were designed to fire the students’ imaginations and stimulate innovation. Dreadlockalien, also known as Richard Grant also spoke to the Year 7 reading group. Students from other Trust schools were invited along for the final poetry session.
He said: ‘Engagement is key to getting the students engaged in poetry and literacy. It is about awakening a new interest, to challenge their perceptions of poetry. The students have done really well and the workshop I deliver is at such a pace that they don’t have time to get distracted or not focus. The teachers have been brilliant joining in and we have been doing some love poetry and beat boxing. I snowball them into doing it, throwing rhymes down. Sometimes you can go back and select other rhymes or mess with the poems afterwards but it is just achieving something in the moment.’
Other recent library events have included a visit to Corby Business Academy for lectures by authors James Dawson and Matt Whyman. Librarian Mrs Adams said: ‘They were really funny and chatted a lot about the nature of creepy books, and the bloody Mary urban legend, which is the starting point for James’s latest novel “Say her Name”. There are different versions of the urban myth where you look in a mirror or chant a name and something appears. Neither of these authors do gory horror, it is all about suspense. They just alternated between each other about their writing. Matt’s latest novel is about a normal family - of cannibals!’
Finally she, Mr Tang and Mr Berridge took members of the Manga Club to the Comic Con event at Earls Court. Mrs Adams said: ‘It was a massive venue and it is much more focused on super heroes than manga. Attractions included Batman’s car and there were six different zones. There was a comic zone, an anime zone and a retro games zone. I spoke to Dan Abnett who writes the Warhammer books and the odd Dr Who episode and author Charlie Higson was also there talking to fans.’