Bridlington Poetry Festival this weekend

Poet Andrew McMillan visited local schools - here he is at Bempton School with pupils Melissa, 11, and Molly, 10.

Poet Andrew McMillan visited local schools - here he is at Bempton School with pupils Melissa, 11, and Molly, 10.

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Bridlington will be awash with poems over the next few days as this year’s Poetry Festival gets underway - and schools have already been enjoying performances from professional poets.

Poetry Scope is a unique project to inspire children and young people to get involved in creative writing and live poetry reading.

It has been running successfully for several years and this year South Yorkshire poet Andrew McMillan has returned to lead workshops to engage even more people with poetry and the festival.

Andrew is working with schools and a local drama group to create poetry which will be performed at the festival. It also gives teachers the opportunity to work alongside a professional poet.

The workshops are continuing to take place today and tomorrow (June 13 and 14), to be followed by the Poetry Scope Showcases this weekend. Primary schools will be performing on Saturday at 10am, and the secondary schools performing on Sunday at 10.30am.

Other festival events will be taking place throughout the weekend, featuring around 30 performers.

Jackie Kay, winner of the Somerset maugham Award, will be announcing the winners of the festival’s Larkin and East Riding Poetry Competition, with £1,000 going to the first prize winner.

There will be interactive performances for young people, including a children’s cabaret from Spill the Beans; a Poetry Slam Cabaret organised by York Poet Henry Raby; and a Poetry Geo-Cache for families.

The festival is organised by Wordquake, an East Riding Library Service project that promotes reading and live literature.

It takes place at Sewerby Hall from tomorrow, Friday 14 to Sunday June 16; tickets are available from the Bridlington Poetry Festival website or by phone on (01482) 392699.

You can find more information about Bridlington Poetry Festival at www.bridlington-poetry-festival.com