Following in poetic footsteps

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A group of gifted and talented students from March Neale-Wade Academy will be following in the foot steps of former Poet Laureate Ted Hughes next year when they take part in a special residential course.

The week-long writing course will go ahead in February and will be based at the Lumb Bank in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire the house of Ted Hughes.

Assistant Principal Scott Gaskins outlined the plan for the week at a special parents evening held at the school before the summer break .

He explained that places are limited to 16 students, who will enjoy working with published authors, often on a one-to-one basis with the aim of improving their creative writing skills using the natural beauty of the surroundings as inspiration.

The students will live together for the week and will be responsible for cooking their own meals.

Lumb Bank, run by the Arvon Foundation, the leading creative writing charity in the UK, aims to stretch and develop Gifted and Talented writers. This is the first time students from Neale-Wade have had the opportunity to take part.