On Monday night students from King's High School, Bayfield High School and Queen's High School gathered in the King's Library to take part in a poetry workshop with James Norcliffe. James is a poet and author, and this year he is a nominated author for a Children's Book Of The Year. He is also currently the writer in residence at Otago University. His visit to King's was part of the New Zealand Post Book Awards celebrations.
He spoke to the students about the power of memory in creative writing and he read examples from his own work and also well known poets such as Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes amongst others to illustrate his point. Although the students didn't do very much writing themselves in the workshop they came away with many ideas they could use in their own writing.