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Poetry Workshop in The Hub

11 February 2014

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Chesterfield FC's poet in residence, Helen Mort, hosted a poetry workshop in The Hub at the Proact Stadium for year 6 pupils from New Whittington Primary School.

Helen, who is also the Derbyshire poet laureate, was very encouraged to see the children take on the workshop activities with much enthusiasm.

She said: "It was a super afternoon with such a keen and enthusiastic group of youngsters who genuinely seemed to enjoy trying out new ideas.

"My link with the football club has made me look at things from a different perspective and I'm sure that connection had the same effect on these youngsters who were keen throughout to share their ideas with others."

Kim Buxton, head teacher at New Whittington Primary School, said: "I felt that the experience for the children to work with and hear the work of a professional poet was a really valuable one. This is something they can now be encouraged to use in their own writing."

John Croot, who heads the Chesterfield FC Community Trust, was delighted to see the facilities at The Hub used to successfully achieve positive outcomes. "It is another example of youngsters (and some not so young) becoming involved in sport and education due to the venue acting as a motivational spur to encourage them to try new things away from their normal environment," he said. "So many organisations are now recognising the opportunities provided by The Hub."

Helen's first full-length book, Division Street, has been widely acclaimed and has even been adopted by some schools as essential reading. She has been described as "the standout poet of her generation" and "among the brightest stars in the sparkling new constellation of British poets".

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