Young poets on the move

11th February 2000 at 00:00

* I am the God of Ear Wax

My name is Waxy

I send wax from ear to ear

I wish wax could clog every ear in the world

My enemy is cotton wool buds

My friends call me cloggy because of this wish

To take over every ear in the world

We have to build wax planes

The wax family will never give up

Never, Never, Never

Luke Green, age 11


* My name is Firona

I live in your bonfire, I am very mean!

On bonfire night, everynight

I come over and act like the Queen

* I spit, I splat and my worst enemy is water

My best friend is the sun

Because he is very fun!

Sophie Lynn, age 9

Pupis at Bevendean Primary School, Brighton, have been working with poet Matthew Sweeney.

Sweeney's two-day residency is part of the Brighton Festival "Poetry in Motion" project.

Five professional poets have been working with Years 5 and 6 in eight schools to produce poems which will be entered - along with those from other schools in the area - for display on all of Brighton and Hove's buses (around 220) during the Brighton Festival in May.

On May 19 the Poetry Bus will tour the town, with poets aboard giving performances to the public.

For more details contact Pippa Smith, education manager for Brighton Festival. Tel: 01273 260820.


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