On 7th October, City Voices enjoyed a wonderful day in the company of the children of St Peter's school, Cobridge. The educational outing at Middleport Pottery was planned in association with Swan Bank Church, and with Beanstalk charity, who provide volunteers to work with schools to improve literacy and reading skills. The CV team were Alan Barnett, Anita Oxford, Derek Payne, and Adam Boustead who kindly stepped in the last minute to replace Paul Williamson. The brave poet performers – never work with children, so they say! - met the students at lunchtime, and after introductions, the youngsters went for lunch and then on to the factory for a tour.
On returning, the students took part in craft activities, and spent time modelling clay bottle ovens. This was followed by a poetry session around the inclusion in poems of key words they had heard during the factory tour. The City Voices poets helped students with the composition of their poems; some lovely work was produced. Alan our chairman wishes to thank the poets for their input and for gamely dressing up in period costume. The poets had as much fun as the students themselves. The poetry session was attended also by the folks from Beanstalk, who have expressed a wish to have more involvement with City Voices, perhaps including poetry events for the adult volunteers, so watch this space!
Many thanks to Beanstalk www.beanstalkcharity.org.uk and to Middleport Pottery www.princes-regeneration.org/middleport-pottery and to St Peter's school who gave permission for the photography.