Picture the Poet: Ian McMillan
Pupils from across Lincolnshire are being given the chance to meet the poets featured in the National Portrait Gallery’s touring ‘Picture the Poet’ exhibition and to have a go at creating their own poetry with some expert guidance. Monks Abbey Primary School were among those invited to the Usher Gallery in Lincoln to take part in an interactive poetry workshop run by poet Ian McMillan.
During the workshop Ian told the pupils some funny stories on lots of different topics including dinner ladies and creaky floorboards, and he used these stories to make rhymes and poems.
Click to listen to Ian’s poem about dinner ladies, performed with a little help from Monks Abbey:
Then everyone worked together to write a poem that was inspired by the gallery and performed these with different actions, like making the floor creak.
Talking about writing poetry from a young age, Ian told us, “I was lucky enough to go to a school that was very keen on poetry, and in every lesson we’d do a poem, so I had a great start. That’s why it’s so nice to work here with a class of people who are very keen on poetry because I think poetry is a fantastic thing, as we’ve proved today.”
Listen to Hannah and Jamila’s interview with Ian to find out more: