Local Schools Enjoy Football Poetry at the Everton Collection 

During March pupils from local schools visited the Everton Collection exhibition to take part in football poetry sessions.  Pupils enjoyed an interactive session with performance poet, Paul Cookson. Pupils listened to Paul perform some of his favourite football poems including, Goalie with Expanding Hands and I'd Rather be a Footballer.

Paul, author of a number of collections of childrens' poems, then worked with the pupils to write and perform their own poem called No Way Referee. Pupils from all of the local schools that took part developed some fantastic ideas for their poems that they can take back to the classroom.

Poetry Session 1 (c)After the poetry session pupils were treated to a tour of the Everton Collection exhibition with the Creative Learning Officer, Belinda Monkhouse. During the tour, pupils got the opportunity to try on football kits from the 1930s and handle artefacts from the Collection.

Here's what some of the teachers that attended the sessions said about their experience.

"The children loved the poetry session and making so much noise! Very interactive and funny".
Rob Simpson, Deputy Headteacher, Northcote Primary School

"Our Year 3 teacher has just burst into my office to tell me how fabulous their trip was to the Library this morning. She said the poet was totally brilliant and the morning was really enjoyable. Thanks!!!!".
Alison Whittaker, Dovecot Primary School

"Thanks Belinda for a very enjoyable morning. Both classes really enjoyed it and it has given us lots of ideas for creative writing back in class. I would definitely recommend the session to other teachers".
Angela Dougherty, St Matthew's Catholic Primary School

And here's what the pupils thought...

"My favourite things was when Paul Cookson told us all of his poems because they were very funny. I also liked it when we all made the poems up together because it let us all be creative and we could use our imagination".
Cellach Bemet, Year 6, St Matthew's Primary School

"When I went to the Central Library I had a really fun day. Paul Cookson was really funny and made everyone laugh. I learned quite a lot on Dixie Dean. There was loads of interesting facts about when they went to the match in the olden days. I really wish I could go again".
Leah Demelluleek, Year 6, St Matthew's Primary School

"I really enjoyed the Central Library because Paul Cookson is very funny and he is a very great poet. I really liked looking at the boots and the balls".
Alex, Year 6, St Matthew's Primary School

The Everton Collection is working in partnership with Paul Cookson to use football to inspire young people to enjoy poetry. To find out more about this work please click here.

There are currently no more Paul Cookson poetry days planned. However, please keep visiting the site to keep up to date with new developments.


Literacy Resource - Writing Poems About Football
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Literacy Resource - Performance Poetry
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Pupils enjoy a tour of the Everton Collection exhibition
Pupils learn about the history of football in Liverpool