Poetry in Motion

Poetry in Motion

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Press Release – 24/03/2014

Close to 700 students fill Waterfront Hall for Poetry in Motion annual anthology launch
Approaching 700 children, from across Northern Ireland, travelled to Belfast’s Waterfront Hall for the gala launch of the schools anthology ‘It’s Poetry… Essentially’.

The launch celebrated the poems the young people had created with Community Art Partnership’s team of poet facilitators through the *Poetry in Motion for Schools project.

This annual cross-age, cross-ability, cross-community event brings together thirty schools from primary, post primary, grammar and special schools in the largest poetry based shared event of its kind.

The Poetry in Motion for Schools project is funded by Community Arts Partnership’s principal funder, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. Community Arts Partnership also secured funding from Belfast City Council and Lloyd’s TSB Foundation for Northern Ireland. The project has produced an anthology featuring more than 100 poems in the book and on the accompanying CD.
Conor Shields, **Community Arts Partnership’s Chief Executive said,
“Once again we have witnessed an inspiring Poetry in Motion project, with students from all across Northern Ireland reading and performing their poetry in the Waterfront Hall. The depth and breadth of work exhibited, the emotional quality of the writing, showed that not only is poetry alive and well as an art form but that our young poets are producing work every bit as vibrant as their contemporaries elsewhere.”

He went on to say

“By having a real poet in class, we are directly assisting students and teachers to develop better poetry practice. It is also worth noting that through this poetry project, young people of all backgrounds, ages and abilities are brought together in performance, publication and creativity..

The “Poetry in Motion for School’s” project is an excellent example of how Community Arts Partnership assists young people to become involved in the arts. Each year we prove that given the opportunity, the right support and commitment the creative potential of our young people can be unlocked. Our thanks are extended to our principal funders, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. CAP would also like to thank Belfast City Council and Lloyds TSB Foundation for Northern Ireland.”

Chelley McLear the project coordinator said,

“It was a wonderful project to be involved with and to see students from all over Northern Ireland showing such a vast array of styles, of performances and creative approaches was breath-taking. The Poetry in Motion Schools Project has allowed young people the opportunity to create new and exciting poetic writing today creating possibly the poets of the future.”