Children embrace Creative Partnerships

When poet Bob Beagrie joined other artists to collaborate with a group of boys at Tollesby special school in Middlesbrough, as part of the Creative Partnerships programme, he found himself faced with a pretty big challenge: how to get 15 year-old lads to write poetry.
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I’m a spider, black as death
I’m a fly, out of the web
I’m a bat in a cavern
I’m a wolf, undercover
I’m the river running wild
I’m the wind over ground
I’m a tree in every wood
I’m the lizard to blend in with the tree
I’m a hole in the deepest earth
I am gravity, pushing you down
You win. I’m caught.

Chris, Paul, Martin and Belal from Tollesby School in Tees Valley

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Michelle Draper
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Michelle lived and worked in Rome and London as a freelance feature writer for two and a half years before returning to Australia to take up the position of Head Writer for Arts Hub UK. She was inspired by thousands of years of history and art in Rome, and by London's pubs. Michelle holds a BA in Journalism from RMIT University, and also writes for Arts Hub Australia.
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