Yesterday Adisa the Verbaliser and young poets from Stockwell Primary year 5 celebrated the life of Ignatius Sancho, a black Georgian born on a slave ship, brought to England as a servant who went on to own his own shop, composed his own music and became a respected man of letters, painted by Thomas Gainsborough and important in the Abolitionist movement. The children wrote poems inspired by Ignatius using metaphors in response to the refrain ‘My instrument my pen’ and ‘ these hands’. The young poets spent 2 full hours engaged in thought and writing. This project, in partnership with the Black Cultural Archives and generously funded by Clore Poetry and Literature Awards and the Ernest Cooke Trust, is challenging children to learn more about Black Georgian Society, exposing the children to challenging texts and extending their creative skills in poetry writing. Many thanks to Adisa, Miss Milner , Miss de Santis and the children in year 5 at Stockwell.
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