Divided emotions on poem

18th August 2000 at 01:00
I READ with concern the news item headed "Last minute withdrawal from 'gross' poetry recital" (TES, July 28).

It makes no mention of the fact that Year 10 pupils from St Mary's Roman Catholic high school in Lugwardine took part in the eight-hour rendition of Jim MacCool's Ionan Tales. The Ledbury Amateur Dramatic Society also read with no demur.

N one among these people described the poem as "gross" or "blasphemous" and neither did anyone in the audience.

John Masefield high school's headmaster and the festival committee member are entitled to their opinions, but they run counter to the prevailing opinion on the day.

Sandra Dennis

5 Johnson Close

Sparkhill, Birmingham


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