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  • I am about to embark on my third session of Poetry in Motion sessions for ten and eleven year olds in three rural schools.

    I have cut out the letter P in shiny 3D cardboard for the children to stick on their paper hats which I have made for them.

    I will then declare them stars of the Poetry World as they each read one of their compositions with their new hats on.

    I have painted the world set against a dark starry sky and will ask the children to lie down around it with their heads towards the 'world' and their feet outwards; so that I can take a photo for the anthology launch.

    I hope I don't freak the teachers out too much. I know they don't really like their routine messed up. I also hope the children will thoroughly enjoy themselves and remember what fun it is to be a poet.

    Image: A display of fifties British Rail posters in our library.
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