Pool Academy poets’ work selected to represent Cornwall at international festival

Pool Academy poetry students have been selected to represent Cornwall at an international festival this summer.

Lucy Humphreys, librarian at Pool Academy, has been chosen to travel to the Lorient Interceltic Festival in Brittany to read poems in Cornish.

Luke Anderson, Year 7, Miss Humphreys, and Harry Kessell with poems to be read at the LorientInterceltic Festival

Luke Anderson, Year 7, Miss Humphreys, and Harry Kessell with poems to be read at the LorientInterceltic Festival

She has now invited some students from her poetry class to create pieces she can read along with a selection of others in her repertoire.

The annual Celtic festival, which has been taking place since the 1970s, is held in Lorient, Brittany, in August.

It sees people from a number of nations coming together to celebrate the art and culture of Celtic history.

Luke Anderson, Year 7, is one of the students selected. He said he has been composing a poem about miners for Miss Humphreys to read at the event.

“It is an exciting opportunity,” he said. “It is an honour.”

Harry Kessell, Year 7 , is also excited about composing a poem for the event.

Miss Humphreys, who attended the festival last year as a dancer, said this is the first time she has been asked to represent Cornwall as a poet.

As well as reading the students’ poems she will also recite two of her own poems and has chosen two from Cornish poets.

The poems which are currently in English will be translated into the Cornish language for her by poet Pol Hodge, whose work she will also be reading.

She said: “It will be good to have poems from a range of ages and styles. They are about being Cornish, living in Cornwall and the Cornish language and landscape.

“I am excited to be going to Brittany and representing Cornwall.”

Festivalgoers will be arriving in traditional Celtic clothing and the festival includes a procession, music, dance and food.