Renowned Poet Visits The Manor Academy for National Poetry Day

Famous Poet Gets The Manor Academy Students’ Creative Juices Flowing

Paul Lyalls, who has performed at numerous events including the 2012 Olympics, the Wembley Stadium and Edinburgh Festival, visited The Manor Academy this week in celebration of National Poetry Day (3 October).

The flamboyant poet performed his contemporary poems for the Year 7 students before working with them to create their own.

Paul, who on the same day as visiting the Academy was announced as the new resident poet for the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, said: “It’s great to see the students’ open their minds to poetry. Some of the work they produced today was mind-blowing.

“I have held workshops in a number of places; prisons, schools, youth centres – helping others to bring alive their own experiences through poetry is extremely rewarding.”

Paul also judged the Academy’s annual poetry competition, and presented the winning students with an Amazon Kindle.

Alison Whitton, Learning Centre Manager at The Manor Academy said: “This is the second time we have had Paul at the Academy and we’ve all had a great time with him. Students who might not have ever even written poetry before can walk away from today with a poem to be proud of.”

Paul Lyalls’ poetry collection, Catching the Cascade, was nominated for the 2012 People’s Book Prize and he has two poems included in Michael Rosen’s A to Z: The Best Children’s Poetry from Agard to Zephaniah. His new collection of poems for children, A Funny Thing Happened, is soon to be published.