Wordsmiths inspire young batch of poets

Award winning poet and Blackpool Sixth Form student Dom Hale.
Award winning poet and Blackpool Sixth Form student Dom Hale.
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An award-winning Blackpool poet impressed his peers with spoken verse at the Poetry Matters mini-festival.

Blackpool Sixth Form student Dom Hale joined performance poet Terry Caffrey and former Blackpool poet in residence John Siddique for the event at the sixth form on Blackpool Old Road.

Modern foreign languages and English students at the college were joined by 100 pupils from secondary schools on Thursday.

Head of department, Estelle Bellamy, said: “The English department is privileged to welcome such a variety of acclaimed and talented poets. We hope that students will be inspired to create verse of their own and to understand the value and importance of this powerful literary form.”

The students watched the film, Dead Poets’ Society which explores the transforming effect of poetry on a group of American school students before hearing from the three acclaimed poets.

Student Grace Hardy, 17, from Cleveleys, said: “I really enjoyed seeing the poets reading their own work and hearing it from their perspective.”

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