Young poets inspired by the Avalon Marshes

Poetry event storytelling Avalon Marshes local schools


A project to enhance children’s awareness of their local environment was showcased with storytelling and poetry at an event at the Red Brick Building in Glastonbury on 22 July.  Pupils from West Pennard and Walton schools read a number of poems written by children from local primary schools.
For twelve months Somerset storyteller Jane Flood has been working with local school children on behalf of the Avalon Marshes Landscape Partnership, in a project called Wetland Stories and Drama.  Jane has taken twelve groups of children to outdoor sites in the Avalon Marshes, leading sensory activities to help them experience their local landscape.   The project, made possible by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, has seen those 330 children respond creatively to their environment, its history and wildlife, acting out characters, creating stories, and writing poetry.  Local primary schools that have taken part are Baltonsborough, Catcott, Mark, Millfield Prep, St Benedict’s, St Cuthbert’s Infants, Shapwick Prep, Walton, West Pennard and Wookey. Jane also worked with a group of families from the Wells Home Education Network.
Jane and the AMLP have also been working closely with Dan Shaw of Strode College to put together a CD of stories, poetry, and also music by Strode students who have been inspired by the landscape.

The CD, ‘Tales from the Marshes’, is now on sale at the Avalon Marshes Centre for £3.00.  Or you can download for free via this link.

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