We are especially grateful to Jane Duran who inspired the students to write the most fantastic and sophisticated poetry.
The English department was very lucky at the end of the summer term to have Jane Duran as poet in residence. Jane was brought up in the United States and Chile, moving to England in 1966 after graduating from Cornell University. The themes of silences, loss and exile haunt much of her work. She now lives in London and has published four collections – Breathe Now, Breathe (1995), Silences from the Spanish Civil War (2002), Coastal (2006) and Graceline. Breathe Now, Breathe won the Forward Poetry Prize for Best First Collection and in 2005 Duran received a Cholmondeley Award.
Every student in Years 8, 9 and 10 attended two workshops with Jane who really inspired and encouraged them with a range of fun and creative ideas for their writing. In total, an amazing 700 poems were written, all of which contained real poetic gems.
The residency was supported by the Rimbaud and Verlaine Foundation, an organisation which promotes wider engagement with the arts and poetry in particular. We are very grateful to them for funding this fantastic experience for our students.
On Friday, 7 July, a group of our students performed their poems to a large and really appreciative audience at LSU.
We are especially grateful to Jane Duran (pictured above) who inspired the students to write the most fantastic and sophisticated poetry, some of which we share with you here.
Head of English