Stromness Academy Library

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Poetry Picnic


On Thursday 4th October the library celebrated National Poetry Day with the annual ‘Poetry Picnic’. Around twenty pupils and staff joined us in the library over the course of lunchtime to partake of some snacks and read out poetry on the theme of ‘stars’ which had been collated by the senior pupil librarians and the librarian. Many were eager to grab a poem and read it to the rest of us. There was a bit of happy non-poetry related banter too and everyone was chilled and relaxed. It also seems like the reading of tongue twisters (towards the end of the session) has become an annual highlight as we pass An Anthology of British Tongue-Twisters by Ken Parkin around the table as fast as we can.

In conjunction with NPD, collaborative work between the English Department and the library took place. S1 and S2 classes, during their library period all had a chance to try their creative hand at writing in iambic pentameter. This particular librarian actually didn’t find it that easy, but made an attempt anyway. Pupils were introduced to the poetry form by their English Teacher and then there was a short discussion on what ‘stars’ can mean and be used for. Pupils then headed to the library to look at the display of astronomy books and biographies of famous people as well as a wall displayon similar themes. This was to help them get ideas for their poems. Thank you to the English Department for this support.

Completed poems were then transferred onto a five-pointed star.

These will be entered into a competition running in conjunction with our NPD events with a closing date of 29th October 2012.

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