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KHS marks Children in Need day with Film Poem premiere

For Children in Need Day on 16th November, a showcase event will celebrate the work of students at King Henry VIII School who took part in Caban Sgriblio (Scribbling Cabin), a creative writing project funded by Children in Need. 13 Nov 2018

KHS marks Children in Need day with Film Poem premiere

Run by arts organisation Peak, the project sees participants work in groups to practice creative writing as a means of developing their sense of confidence, well-being and ability to express themselves. The group of Year 6 students have been working on the project for the past 3 months months.

Project leader Emma Beynon has coached the young people and noted not only improvements in their writing but also their mature responses to creative challenges.

"It’s been wonderful to see them blossom from shy school children to confident poets and performers. This project is all about helping them to explore their imagination and appreciate the small everyday details. Reading their poems, you see how keenly they observe the world around them and express their feelings so eloquently."

With support from the agency Ffilm Cymru, participants also got to work with film professionals Siôn Marshall-Waters, a Visual Anthropologist and former student of KHS, and Richard Greatrex, an Oscar-nominated cinematographer who worked on Shakespeare in Love, A Knight’s Tale and Mrs Brown. In addition to learning about the basics of filmmaking and the history of film, students selected their favourite poems and made films of them. Greatrex said:

‘The project has broken down barriers, it gave the students ownership of their work. Combining poetry with film was really important as it gave them a focus, an anchoring point for expressing themselves and developing their own narrative’.

The experience has even inspired some of the young people to think about a future in the film industry.

‘My favourite thing about poem club is film and filming with Richard and Siôn because I want to be a film director when I’m older. Learning about poems helps me because I’m normally not a poem person. One big THANK YOU for all your help and guidance’.

You can find out more about the project and read the Caban Sgriblio Anthology of this year’s poems on the Peak website:

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