On Thursday 27th April, 14 Year 10 pupils visited the University of Lincoln in order to see an intimate lecture from the Poet Laureate, Dame Carol Ann Duffy. The visit, arranged as part of their English studies, was intended to help pupils understand the process writers go through in order to create their popular pieces.
Dame Duffy, who has been one of the key poets studied for GCSE English Literature for a number of years, treated the scholars to readings of a variety of her poetry from her vast collection. She also spent time explaining the way she goes about creating her work before answering questions about the themes, langauage choices and structure of her poetry.
In addition to the lecture, pupils heard from members of the university about the various opportunities open to pupils when they go onto higher education, as well as being given a tour of the Lincoln campus and their brand new, state-of-the-art facilities.
Mr Charter, who organised the visit, commented that, 'This was a unique opportunity for our students to hear from one of the country's greatest poets. To listen to Dame Duffy speak and have the chance to ask her about her poetry was extremely beneficial and the pupils got a lot out of it. It was also great for them to have a taste of university life and it has inspired a number of them with their choices for education in the future.'