12A1 English class took part in the ABC Council First World War poetry initiative to mark the centenary of the first world war armistice in order to complement their study of conflict poetry (covering WW1) for GCSE English Literature. Students took part in a poetry workshop with local poet Martelle McPartland followed by a WW1 tour of Brownlow House and Lurgan Park.
They later visited Seagoe Cemetery where Richard Edgar, a military historian gave the students a tour as part of the ABC Council First World War poetry initiative to mark the centenary of the first world war armistice.
This was followed by a poetry workshop facilitated by local award winning poet Martelle McPortland, during which students penned their own responses to WW1.
Students attended the awards ceremony for the WW1 poetry competition on Friday 30th November, where they heard more stories from WW1 from soldiers and nurses, and were then presented with poetry awards by local celebrated poet David Braziel.
- Claire Hunter, Andrew Hamilton and Katie Burke received certificates recognising their effort throughout the project.
- Grace Dundas’ poem ‘False Hope’ was commended.
- Adam McClatchey won the age 14-16 category for his poem ‘The Sunken Soldier’.
- Katie Burke won The Brownlow House Poetry Prize for her poem ‘Mrs Hobbs’, about a local lady who lost 4 sons in WW1.
- Also to be commended were Jacob Vallelly, Lucy Williamson, Joel Todd and Sarah Stevenson who were selected to read their poems at the award ceremony.