I’ve had my first session at Barnard Grove School in Hartlepool. This is part of the Sea Britain project, (here in the North East it’s called Tidal Words) – anyway, as I was saying I had my first session on Monday.
After the usual introductions about who I am, what poets do and trying to convince the children that I’m not incredibly rich, we got to creating our own sea dictionaries. I was encouraging them to think of sea words with double meanings. I gave them ‘anchor’. Obviously they knew about ships’ anchors, but I was looking for something else – somthing to do with being held down, stable, other such poetic stuff when one little wag put his hand up, ‘I know one’, he said, ‘could it mean buttery and spreadable?’
It’s such a treat working with children.
Roll on tomorrow.