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This week, secondary pupils took part in a poetry safari in celebration of National Poetry Day (7 October).

Six poems were posted in various places inside the school library (all chosen by the English department staff on the theme of ‘choice’). Pupils were asked to read the poems and then vote for the one they liked the most.

As well as learning that poems are about connections and can take spoken and written form, pupils were encouraged to share their opinion on why they liked their chosen poem.
And the most voted for poem was … drum roll … ¬†Refugees by Brian Bilston. Pupils said that they liked the way the poem was designed to be read from top to bottom, then in reverse, to reveal its thought-provoking message.

We hope you enjoy reading this poem as much as the pupils did:

https://nationalpoetryday.co.uk/poem/refugees/