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Wordfringe 2008
Pushing Out the Boat
Everything but the Truth
Shetland Night
All Said and Dunne
Poetic Off Licence
Exploring Narrative Voices
New York Dialogues and Island Blethers
Four Paris Poets
Open Poetry Night
Building a Character through Dialogue
How to move your work forward
Ron Butlin with Aberdeen Writers' Circle
Poetry Scotland on the Road
Writing and Performing in Practice
Spirit of the Deveron
Poems of Quality
AB24: Poems from a Postcode
Poetry and Music of All the Faiths
Hooked by Emerald Froth
Demented Eloquence & Wordcraft Slam
Banchory Young Poets
Family Snaps
A Celebration of Childhood

Banchory Young Writers

Venture into Poetry

Tuesday 27 May 2008

Aberdeen Central Library [Venue 7]

Banchory Young Poets

L to R: Morgan Prihoda, Shannon McGuinness, Erin Morrison, Rachel Hobkirk, Jemma Davidson, Taylor Hill, Joseph Orren

Photo by Roger Barnett

Reading and writing poetry is often perceived as an unfashionable pastime that many youngsters would never own up to doing.

But one group of North-East children is determined to bring it back into the limelight. First-year pupils from Banchory Academy have published their own book of poems and last night gave a performance of their work in Aberdeen as part of the community-led Wordfringe festival.

English teacher Pauline de Koning is in charge of the project at Banchory. She said all the credit for its success should go to the children.

She said the 11 and 12-year-olds started the poetry project at the end of last year and, little by little, changed their attitude towards poetry and started to gain confidence in writing and reciting works.

They then gathered the best of their poems, approached a publisher and managed to get their efforts collated in a book, which they sold to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

The book, called Venture Into Poetry, was published under the name of Banchory Young Writers.

Mrs de Koning said: ‘It's their project. I started it all and was there in the background but they should get the credit. They've done a tremendous job and there's some very good poetry in the book.’

Last night seven pupils performed poems at Aberdeen Central Library.

‘I'm delighted it worked out so well,’ said Mrs de Koning.

Emma Christie

Promoted by

Spring Tides Poetry Group

Supported by

Awards for All
Aberdeen Library & Information Services


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