Poetic Spurn: Wild Truths on National Poetry Day, Thursday 3 October 

Andy Mason and Aly Stoneman with Easington pupils.

This week I have been working onsite at Spurn and in the nearby village of Easington with Heritage Officer Andrew Mason from Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. 

Andy and I had a brilliant National Poetry Day, working with Easington CofE Primary Academy pupils to create poems celebrating the natural world, inspired by The Lost Words, a stunning book of poetry and illustrations by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris. The pupils welcomed us into school by reading us poems, and were keen to point out a roe deer, visible from the classroom window.

We interpreted this year’s National Poetry Day theme of ‘truth’ as bearing witness to environmental issues that affect us all.  Years 1-6 Pupils wrote and performed poems inspired by Spurn, following a school visit to the nature reserve earlier this term. We wrote list poems about beach cleans and acrostic poems evoking plants, animals and special places we saw at Spurn. The children also shared their work with the rest of the school in assembly and with their families, and made audio recordings and videos of themselves performing their poems.

Easington CofE Primary Academy Pupils, National Poetry Day workshop.

Mrs Kerry Verity, Head of School, Easington CofE Primary Academy: ‘The children have been very engaged and inspired by their visit to Spurn Point and then having the opportunity to produce their own poems working with Aly. They have been very creative and their range of vocabulary and expression has increased as a result of their experience. They have loved the project.’

We also had an excellent write up in the Holderness gazette.