Thursday, 8 October 2015

I hope you have all had a great day and got the chance to enjoy some poetry today.
It's been a busy week for MTOT......

On Saturday, we had the second teachers' poetry workshop with Juliette Lee and the group produced work in English and French.

On Tuesday, I had the pleasure of visiting the children at St Maria Goretti Primary School in Glasgow and watching them perform a fantastic assembly sharing their celebrations for European Day of Languages (I even had a croissant and brioche in the staffroom thanks to the lovely Mrs Barrett!)

Today, I spoke with two teachers keen for their classes to take part, one of the entries being in French Braille - wow!
Also many thanks to Georgi at the Scottish Poetry Library, who has had an extremely busy week but still found the time to send me some inspirational poetry to share with you:

One is a BSL/Shetlandic/English poem film that Kyra Pollitt made while she was one of their Artists in Residence http://www.scottishpoetrylibrary.org.uk/connect/blog/signedI personally love the performance in this and think that the signing and non-verbal speak louder than words. 

The other is very apt as Scotland are playing Poland today at football. Their current Poem of the Moment quotes from the Scots translation of a Polish poem for children called 'Pstryk’ (‘Switch’)http://www.scottishpoetrylibrary.org.uk/.  After this week, the complete poem in Scots and Polish will still be available on the site at: http://www.scottishpoetrylibrary.org.uk/poetry/poems/pstryk

Finally, tomorrow holds the penultimate teachers' workshop in Edinburgh - I look forward to meeting some of you there. What a busy and exciting week, I'll feedback after our final workshop in Inverness next Wednesday. In the meantime, happy national poetry day and happy half-term.



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