Rap and Rhythm: Poetry comes to Heathfield

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poetOn Thursday 13 February we were fortunate to have a visit from Karl Nova, a Performance Poet who has written an award winning Poetry book called Rhythm and Poetry.

Karl gave a presentation to our Year 8 students providing them with a background into why he went into making rap music and then how this developed into him writing his own poetry book.

Karl brought his poetry to life by performing some pieces and gave our students the chance to ask questions at the end.

After his presentations, Karl then provided workshops to a selection of our Year 8 students, showing them a way to write a catchy and meaningful poem.  I was incredibly impressed with the standard of writing and our students produced some thought provoking and humorous pieces.  Karl even treated them to a freestyle performance at the end of his workshop using a random collection of words that our students suggested.  It was great to have someone create so much enthusiasm for writing poetry!  

Here’s what some of our students had to say about the day;

It was so much fun. At first I thought he would be one of those boring old poets who talk about the meanings of poetry. He was the complete opposite. I had lots of fun making up a poem as I love to create rhymes in my spare time. I really enjoyed his performances. 11 out of 10 and 5 star review.

I think it was a fantastic experience, that Karl Nova came in and started talking about his life and some pretty funny experiences. He was rapping and doing poetry in front of a crowd of people in year 8. He also had a workshop and I got in it! He started playing music and telling us to give him some words to rap about. Overall I think it was amazing!

Thank you to Karl for coming and sharing your knowledge with us and we hope to have him come and visit again in the future.

 

C Kite (Assistant Librarian) & K Hatchard (Assistant Headteacher)