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Magic Box poetry workshop

St.Anne’s is a Catholic school in a suburb of Nairobi called Kisserian. This group of kids (aged between 7 and 13) gave up their free holiday time to come back to school for a poetry workshop. We used Kit Wright’s wonderful poem, The Magic Box, as a starting point for group discussions, finally culminating in the children creating their own Magic Box poems.

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The kids really threw themselves into the activity and came up with some wonderful ideas of things they would put in their ‘magic box’, also using simile, alliteration and metaphor.

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Some examples of what the children wrote about: 

‘I will put in the box the first sip of morning dew / I will put in the box the smell of my grandmother’s chicken stew / I will put in the box a shellfish which opens to all the colours of the rainbow’

IMG_7713One boy brought his little brother along to the workshop! 

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Some of the children came to the front at the end to share their poems

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The St.Anne’s Creative Writing group

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