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NEWS: National Poetry DayTo celebrate National Poetry Day, poetic rapper and storytelling songwriter, Rob Bradley was invited to Whitgift to inspire the students about poetry, reading, writing books and to help develop their skills and enthusiasm.

Date published: Fri 4 Oct 2019   Category: Events

Rob has spent his whole life writing rhymes and performing around the world, from basement clubs in New York to festivals throughout Europe, and collaborated with international artists and songwriters along the way.

He performed one of his poems ‘Getting Older’ from his new book Reasons to Write Rhymes in Upper School assembly and many students and staff members were touched by his words. The students then challenged him to freestyle rap using words chosen by them and they were impressed by his clever word-play and witty rhyming techniques.

Rob also held creative writing sessions for First Formers and Second Formers encouraging the students to create poems using rhyme. It was evident they enjoyed performing their work. The pupils were also treated to a book-signing session during lunchtimes.

National Poetry Day created a hive of activity around the School, celebrating the power of poetry to bring people together and to explore how it can be used in reading, writing and performing. Whitgift would like to thank Rob for making his visit such a memorable event.

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