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Catriona Yule October 2012

Advanced Higher students were introduced to famous poet Catriona Yule on Thursday the 4th of October – National Poetry Day. The poet made a visit to Elgin Academy to lead a workshop with the pupils as part of this year’s poetry day theme: stars.

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The star herself provided the pupils with tasks which included reading random sentences then writing down the connotations that spring to mind. This was in preparation for the next task: to look at magazine rip-outs of models then examine song lyrics associated with stars and combining a description of the model, the students fused them into the situation of the song to create a unique and original poem.

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The students were praised by Yule who proclaimed they were the next stars of poetry.  Pupils thoroughly enjoyed the workshop and took Yule’s advice and comments out with the class-room to pursue their own poetry ambitions.

Sophie Thirkell (S6 Publicity group)