Thursday, 22 November 2012

Ecopoetry in schools

Interesting details here of an outreach programme led by the Literature and American Studies departments at the University of East Anglia taking ecopoetry into schools and beyond.

Ecopoetry Logo

Children in Years 5 and 6 (P6 and P7 here in Scotland) are encouraged to:
  • "use the immediacy of their outdoor experiences to write poetry
  • taught the importance of individual and communal responsibility to each other and to our natural world
  • and how reflection on these issues provides a vital means of thinking and writing poetically." 
Not sure about thinking and writing poetically but maybe that is my prejudice and the word just needs reclaiming.

Anyone else had experience of visiting schools or outdoor spaces leading workshops. Let us know about it. [I will be in school next week but we are doing WW2 mash-ups.]


Or find out more about the existing programme here http://www.uea.ac.uk/ams/ecopoetry.

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