Whitgift was delighted to have two well-established poets visit the School. To celebrate both National Poetry Day and Black History month, Ruth Sutoyé hosted an assembly and led creative workshops for our Sixth Form students. Her workshops focused on free writing techniques and studying poetry which tackles modern day issues. Ruth is a poet, facilitator, creative producer and visual artist. Her work has featured in several publications such as True Africa, Bad Betty Press and The Cob Gallery.
Spoz aka Giovanni Esposito performed during Lower School assembly and held interactive workshops for various year groups. The workshops got the boys using rhyme to create raps on a very popular subject: chocolate! They enthusiastically demonstrated some clever word-play and enjoyed performing their work. The pupils were also treated to a book-signing session at lunch and a few of the boys had the opportunity to interview him. Spoz has been performing poetry since 2005, and has featured in many festivals including Glastonbury Festival and Cheltenham Literature Festival. He has held poetry workshops at hundreds of schools and been commissioned by the BBC for his work.
Both visits created an explosion of activity around the School, celebrating poetry’s power to bring people together and explore how it can be used in reading, writing and performing. Whitgift would like to thank both Ruth and Spoz for celebrating National Poetry Day with us.