Poetry in action

Levi Tafari visited Highfield High School to lead pupils in a poetry workshop
Levi Tafari visited Highfield High School to lead pupils in a poetry workshop
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THERE was rapping and rhyming at a resort school as World Poetry Day brought literature to sizzling life.

Highfield Humanities College in South Shore welcomed performance poet Levi Tafari into school for the fourth successive year.

With fat dreadlocks and a wide smile – the writer’s work is as memorable as his appearance according to students.

His visit tied in with Black History Month, so sessions were divided between that theme and another of games, the focus of this year’s World Poetry Day.

And his lessons certainly had an impact according to English teacher Gillian Rowley.

She said: “The children absolutely loved Levi, he has become a school celebrity and everybody wanted to high five him.

“He’s great because he really captures their imaginations in a way perhaps more traditional poets don’t.


“Levi always inspires them to have a go at writing their own poetry and it can be modern and relevant to them.”

The poet held five sessions for Years Eight, Nine and 10.

In some he performed his own work, including poems about how games have changed since he was young. He also spoke about the oppression of black people and some of the issues he had personally faced.

His work certainly proved a talking point.

Aaron Weston, 13 said: “Levi was brilliant, he rapped some of his work and it really made me think.”

Connon Dunleavy, also 13, added: “It was good hearing about some of things which happened to him personally.”