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Picture the Poet workshops prove to be a huge success with poets and children alike

Picture the Poet

As part of the Picture the Poet exhibition, on tour from the National Portrait Gallery, Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens have been holding a series of workshops with poets and school children. The aim of the workshops is to increase the children’s awareness and engagement with and take part in creative writing, poetry and photography.

Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens invited the poet Ian McMillan along to their workshops and it is clear, from the video, that his visit was a huge success with the children being caught up in Ian’s enthusiasm for poetry and its performance.

Jennie Lambert, Learning Officer, for Sunderland Museums & Heritage Service said;

‘The poetry workshops led by poet Ian McMillan were inspirational. Ian brought his brilliant sense of humour and fun to the sessions and the pupils and teachers were laughing and engaged throughout. The magic element was Ian’s use of performance poetry and songs to bring poetry to life and using the theme of school that pupils could relate to. We are delighted that the Picture the Poet exhibition from the National Portrait Gallery has brought opportunities to work with new partners such as the National Literacy Trust and Apples and Snakes to provide a varied and inclusive learning and participation programme. Other opportunities for schools have included a teacher training day with poet Francesca Beard and poetry workshops for schools led by poet Paul Jenkins with the aim of using poetry to improve the literacy attainment of pupils.’

Picture the Poet is an exhibition of high quality photographs of living poets touring to six regional venues.

The exhibition project has been developed by the National Portrait Gallery working in collaboration with the National Literacy Trust and Apples and Snakes to build a targeted learning and participation programme at each regional venue.

The Picture the Poet exhibition continues at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens until Monday 29 November 2015.

Find out more about Picture the Poet at the National Portrait Gallery..

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Find out more about the exhibition at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens.

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