Poet Joe has a word with pupils at school

CREATIVE Joe McQuilken holding a workshop
CREATIVE Joe McQuilken holding a workshop
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PORTSMOUTH’S young poet laureate Joe McQuilken inspired other students to get creative with words when he held a workshop.

The 18-year-old, who is a student at Havant College, met Year 9 pupils at Horndean Technology College.

Joe held a two-hour workshop in which he shared writing techniques and reflected on his own work and role as poet laureate.

He said: ‘It was a real privilege for me to be able to spend time with the students at Horndean.

‘I was impressed with the work everyone produced and enjoyed sharing my experiences and knowledge of the subject with them.’

Hannah Munden, 12, said: ‘I like poetry.

‘It’s the most imaginative form of writing – there are no boundaries. I enjoyed the workshop. It was fun and interesting.’

Sarah Mills, an English teacher at the school, said: ‘It was wonderful to watch students work in such a different way from usual classroom teaching and be inspired by someone around their own age who is creative and successful.

‘The workshop will enable students to develop their creativity to become the writers of the future.’

Joe, who is former pupil of King Richard School in Paulsgrove, is being mentored by Portsmouth’s poet laureate Sam Cox, 38, a former deputy head at Charter Academy in Portsmouth. Both will represent the city at poetry festivals around the country.