Students impress local author with English language skills
9:20am Thursday 26th June 2014 in News
GREAT POETRY: It's a thumbs up for Dylan Thomas from Barry Comprehensive School pupils Josh and Harrison.
PUPILS at Barry Comprehensive School have been introduced to the poetry of Dylan Thomas.
In a year which marks the centenary of the famous Welsh writer's birth, Literature Wales is bringing the magic of Dylan Thomas’ words to children and young people across Wales and beyond and a top set Year 9 English class at Barry Comprehensive attended a creative writing workshop by Vale-based writer Dan Anthony, where they were introduced to the poetry of Swansea’s most famous son.
Dan Anthony is an experienced scriptwriter and short story writer, having written and directed many radio programmes for BBC Radio Wales, and scripted plays for BBC Radio 4. He has written widely for children, working as a scriptwriter on CBBC's 'Story of Tracy Beaker' and S4C's 'The Baaas.' He lives in Penarth, and has an MA in The Teaching And Practice of Creative Writing from Cardiff University. He is the author of the popular Rugby Zombies trilogy published by Pont Books
Head of English Mrs J Evans said: "The boys thoroughly enjoyed the workshop and many were inspired to research and read some of the poetry of Dylan Thomas. Mr Anthony was extremely impressed with the class, the majority of whom have recently achieved an outstanding Level 7 in English at the end of Key Stage 3.
"Well done to them, and to the whole of Year 9 who have exceeded their targets in terms of English results this year."