National Poetry Day – Creative Writing and Entrance Exams.

Welcome to National Poetry Day! This 7th October, people across the UK are coming together to explore, discover and share in the wonder that is poetry. National poetry day celebrates an explosion of activities both off and online. The day encourages a conversation about the importance of language – and best of all it is open to absolutely everyone! Poetry is a powerful tool in bringing people together. Through unique creative writing we can gain insights into people, culture and art.

In the words of some famous poets:

A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language.

– W H Auden

Poetry is what in a poem makes you laugh, cry, prickle, be silent, makes your toe nails twinkle, makes you want to do this or that or nothing, makes you know that you are alone in the unknown world, that your bliss and suffering is forever shared and forever all your own.

– Dylan Thomas

Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words.

– Edgar Allan Poe

So how can you join in?

There are many events in Birmingham happening on the 7th October including the following:

Many of these promote public performance and a passion for imagination.

Creative writing is also an important element of many Independent School entrance exams. A lot of children need support with their creative writing and many of our parents have expressed how hard it is to help them in this area. Most importantly children should work on and practice their descriptive writing, which is the key difference between getting high marks and not. However, on top of this vocabulary, clear and precise writing (with a focus on spelling and punctuation), and structure will also make a huge difference.

In light of National Poetry Day and due to popular demand, we are running a creative writing course during the October half term. If you would like to book your child onto the course, please let us know by emailing learn@smart11plus.co.uk as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.