Ash Dickinson: Performance Poet visits LEH

The English Department was delighted to welcome the performance poet, Ash Dickinson, to LEH on 20th June to run several workshops with the students. Ash is no stranger to LEH, having last visited us in 2013 and being received enthusiastically then. His latest visit did not disappoint: across three workshops with the Upper Fourth, Lower Fifth, Sixth Formers and staff, Ash entertained and engaged us with impressive performances of his poems. He also fielded questions from the girls and staff about his career as a performing poet and writer, and his sources of inspiration from respective contemporary poets including the poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, and Simon Armitage. In addition, Ash dispensed valuable advice to some of our poets and writers in the Lower Sixth. The Upper Fourth and Lower Fifth also participated in a number of verse writing activities led by Ash, with some thoughtfully-crafted and entertaining results – these ranged from haiku to Shadorma poems (a poetic form originating in Spain) and clerihew poems (a four-line biographical poetic form).

It was a thoroughly enriching and enjoyable day for all involved and we are extremely grateful to the Friends of LEH (FLEHS) for their part in funding this initiative.

Mr Li - Head of English

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