Poetry powers school

Poet and children's author Conrad Burdekin, launches his new book of poems, 'Teachers Pick Their Noses'. The launch was held at Redhill Junior School, Airedale, Castleford.'Back row L to R) Shannon Luptun, Ashley Richards, Ellie Gill, Cory Robinson, Harvey Maw, Charlotte Forth.'Front row L to R) Alex Price, Conrad Burdekin, Brighton Mhizha.'p7719a206

Poet and children's author Conrad Burdekin, launches his new book of poems, 'Teachers Pick Their Noses'. The launch was held at Redhill Junior School, Airedale, Castleford.'Back row L to R) Shannon Luptun, Ashley Richards, Ellie Gill, Cory Robinson, Harvey Maw, Charlotte Forth.'Front row L to R) Alex Price, Conrad Burdekin, Brighton Mhizha.'p7719a206

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BOOKWORMS at an Airedale school celebrated the launch of author Conrad Burdekin’s new book and bagged a signed copy to take home.

Redhill Junior School school paid for every child to have a copy of Mr Burdekin’s new poetry book – Teachers Pick Their Noses and other poems – and the writer handed out copies at a special assembly last week.

Mr Burdekin said: “The launch was absolutely fantastic and the school is working unbelievably hard to improve the children’s prospects, and I’m very proud to be included in that aim.

“The children have responded so well that I feel it will uplift and inspire other schools in the area.”

Mr Burdekin read extracts from his book – which includes poems Boogey Glue and Never Play Football With A Hedgehog – which pupils acted out in the assembly.

He added: “So many schools are struggling with budget deficits and cuts, yet the headteacher Maragaret Brownlee has identified that literacy and reading is such an important part of their school that she was willing to use the school’s budget to provide every child with one of my books.

“Many of the children would have had no other opportunity to get a book of current children’s poetry had it not been for their head teacher and staff deciding to use school money.

“By the end of the day they’d each written their own poem linked to my visit.”

Mrs Brownlee said: “Over the last year we have got to know Conrad really well and he has become very popular with the children.

“We bought every pupil in the school a copy of his first book and now we have bought them all a copy of his second book to really push our reading week forwards.”

Visit www.conradburdekin.com to see Mr Burdekin’s new book and learn about the work he does with schools across the district.