Newham Poetry Festival 2018

Following on from the success of last year’s event, Vicarage Primary School held another Poetry Festival to coincide with the First World War Centenary and their theme of Living History.

Vicarage Primary School welcomed back the author and poet, Paul Delaney, who ran various workshops and highly engaging assemblies for the pupils. The children then created emotive poems in lessons and performed them in their poetry recital assemblies.

The Poetry Festival or ‘Poetry Buzz’ as it was called, involved a number of schools in Newham, including; Vicarage Primary School, Elmhurst Primary School, Gallions Primary School, Nelson Primary School, William Davies Primary School, Scott Wilkie Primary School and Sir John Heron Primary School. Sitting on the panel of judges were Mrs Yvonne Collyer, a retired Literacy Advisor for Newham and an ex- governor, Mr Shahed Ahmed, the CEO of New Vision Trust and Paul Delaney, poet and author. The standard of performances this year was phenomenal and pupils received high praise from all three judges. All pupils received certificates and prizes from Paul Delaney. Ambreen in Year 6 at Vicarage Primary School won the competition overall with her emotive performance of her poem-Just a Poster on the Wall.

“Some strong emotions portrayed particularly in the WWI poems and some interesting visual displays brought to mind by others, as well as a wide use of interesting vocabulary.

These children are learning to invite others to reflect, to feel, to paint a picture in their minds and go to other worlds. They performed with confidence even though some were nervous.

I thoroughly enjoyed listening even though the task of judging was very difficult.

So pleased to see that creativity is strong in Newham! ”- feedback from one of the judges, Mrs Yvonne Collyer.

Paul Delaney looks forward to next year’s Poetry Festival, with hopefully more Newham schools participating.