Poetic Inspiration Delivered To Scilly’s School Children

Pupils from the Five Islands School with 'Poetry Postie' Sally Crabtree.

Pupils from the Five Islands School with ‘Poetry Postie’ Sally Crabtree.

Children at the Five Islands School have received poetic inspiration thanks to a unique project, funded by a £1,500 grant from Steamship Group’s Community Fund.

‘Poetry Postie’ Sally Crabtree held workshops with pupils to show that poetry can be fun and doesn’t have to be boring.

She’ll now turn their words into postcards, which she will deliver at Sea Salts and Sail Festival in Mousehole in July.

They’ll also be used to celebrate the UN’s World Post Day on 8th October.

Sally said the children took to it straight away and came up with, “some abstract and very poetic work.”

“Some of the children wrote about Scilly and what they felt about the beautiful place they lived, and what they wrote was magical.

“We felt inspired by the islands and we hope the children felt inspired by our approach.”

The Poetry Postie was first commissioned by the Postal Heritage Museum and Archive as a character who could deliver poetic inspiration to the nation and has since performed at festivals and events all over the country – from small village fetes to large music festivals such as Womad.

The poetry workshop at the school was one of the first projects to be awarded a grant from the Steamship Company’s Community Fund.

Terry Ward, chairman of the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group’s Community Fund, said: “The Poetry Postie is one of those applications that stood out to the Community Fund committee, it really ticked all the boxes with our members.

“It offers a fresh approach to literacy and learning and benefits schools and shatters the myth that poetry is often stuffy and boring. We were delighted to be able to support the project.”

Applications for the second round of awards from the fund will open at the start of July.

Grants are available to voluntary groups or charities, schools and education establishments, community clubs or societies and individuals undertaking not-for-profit projects for the benefit of the wider community.