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Poetry for schools

Updated: Thu, 6 Jul 2017 08:26 am

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This is an experimental page to encourage the writing and sharing of poems for the use of primary school teachers and their pupils. For example, Marsden Junior School in West Yorkshire UK has created a poetry page on its website and is looking forward to receiving poems to inspire, amuse or make young readers think: Poems can be aimed at pupils up to 12 years old. Schools can join in and use the poems with the writer's permission. By uploading the poems and tagging them 'poetry for schools' the poet is agreeing to their use by participating schools for non-profit purposes for up to three years from date of first use. Any further use to be negotiated between schools and poets. Currently posted poems can be viewed at . You can upload your poems there too. Don't forget to write 'poetry for schools' in the tag box. All work remains the copyright of contributing authors, Write Out Loud retaining the right to publish the works on this website for the benefit of participating schools and pupils.

What we do

Marsden, Poetry Village initiative aims to encourage more people to have chance to enjoy poetry in all its guises, and especially to encourage children's natural love of poetry, rhyme and song. It was established by poetry lovers of the Write Out Loud Marsden group which has run sessions in the village since 2010, including a famous annual poetry jam at the Marsden Jazz Festival. Marsden is a village steeped in poetry. Poetry percolates through the peat, stanzas spring from the stone, quite literally as Simon Armitage's poem Snow is carved into the rock above the village. Samuel Laycock was born and lived here until age 11; Oxford Professor of Poetry Simon Armitage was born here and lives nearby; Write Out Loud's HQ is here; and our annual poetry jam has become legendary.

All poems are copyright of the originating author. Permission must be obtained before using or performing others' poems.

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