Well we were beached on Friday, or should I say we weren’t beached and that was the problem!
My fellow artist Gilly Rodgers and me were due to take a class of Barnard Grove Primary School children to the beach yesterday, (part of the Tidal Words Project), but the rain was like stair rods (as my grandma used to say), so, having planned exactly what we would do, what we would look for, what items we might try and gather to make story/poem boxes, we had to cancel at the last minute. Let me set the scene: a coach standing by, no other definite lesson planned, 28 excited kids :'( that’s it, you’ve got it!
Anyway, we set to and made sea fortune cookies and wrote a group poem called ‘Beach Buoys’, which is all about what it’s like living in Hartlepool. I’d love to put this poem up here, but haven’t as yet, got permission from the school. The children, despite their disappointment, worked really hard. Watch this space, if I can,I’ll put their group poem up soon. 😉