The Poetry Hub and OSA’s Writer in Residence
Since 2009, Oxford Spires Academy has a Writer in Residence, Kate Clanchy. Kate comes in every week to work with staff and students. Kate has written poetry, novels, stories and plays and is also a Creative Writing Fellow at Oxford Brookes University. She works on all these genres with students in OSA, but the school has been especially successful in poetry.
In 2014 we established The Poetry Hub to help us share our practice with other schools. We work in partnership with Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre, and closely with Oxford University’s Centre for Comparative Criticism, the charity First Story, and the Forward Arts Foundation.
In 2015-2016, the Poetry Hub is a partner in the Oxfordshire Libraries’ Find Your Voice Project.
“While We British was making the case for Britain’s rich poetic history, Between the Ears (Radio 3, Saturday) took a unique snapshot of the medium’s present. Recorded during the lunchtime poetry workshops at the Oxford Spires Academy, a school where some 54 languages are spoken, it allowed listeners to eavesdrop on a remarkable thing: fine young poets engaging creatively and fruitfully with a brilliant teacher, the poet Kate Clanchy. Their theme was “home” – a freighted one, since many of the poets had moved to the UK from abroad. I can’t think of the last time I was more impressed, or moved, by a single documentary.” – The Telegraph Oct 2015
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