ARCh - Assisted Reading for Children in Oxfordshire
John Foster has recently become a patron of ARCh and will be giving a talk on using poetry to develop children’s reading and writing at the ARCh AGM on Thursday 7th July.
He also wrote a poem about ARCh’s work to support a bid for funding from The CTK Foundation Heart and Soul 2011 Grant Award. The poem won second prize – a grant of $5000.
This is John’s winning poem:
Raise the shutters
Raise the shutters, let shimmering sunlight
Clear the dark clouds in the mind,
Which make lines of shapes and symbols
Too great a puzzle to unwind.
Guide each prisoner through the labyrinth,
Unleash the chains which keep them blind.
Let loose the power and the wisdom
Which it is their right to find.
For details of ARCh and its work, contact ARCh, Gobles Court, 7 Market Square, Bicester, Oxon OX26 6AA
Listen to John's Poems
Hint: The default volume is quite low. You may want to turn it up but make sure there are no Grannies with sensitive hearing in the vicinity.
Sean's Short Shorts.
Ten Dancing Dinosaurs
4 o'clock Friday
Hear John reading more of his poems in the Children’s poets section of The Poetry Archive at www.poetryarchive.org