Ian McMillan inspires children with workshop

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THE BARD OF Barnsley Ian McMillan has led a poetry workshop for pupils inspired by a new art exhibition.

The Picture the Poet exhibit, which is currently in Sheffield, features the portraits of 50 contemporary poets including Mr McMillan and other famous names such as Andrew Motion, Michael Rosen and Benjamin Zephaniah.

As part of the exhibit’s stay at Sheffield’s Graves Gallery Mr McMillan has worked with pupils from the city on a series of poetry workshops.

The Picture the Poet is on tour from the National Portrait Gallery and the National Literacy Trust.

The workshops involved pupils from Prince Edward Primary and Loxley Primary schools.

Mr McMillan, a Yorkshire Post columnist, said: “Every picture tells a poem, every poem is a picture. Words and images are members of the same family, and I’m excited to be re-introducing them to each other at the exhibition and workshops.’

Laura Travis, visitor engagement manager at Museums Sheffield said: “The Picture the Poet exhibition is a wonderful celebration of some of the nation’s finest writers.

“Who better to inspire our next generation of literary talents than one of the stars of the show? Ian is one of the UK’s best-loved poets and we’re delighted that he’s able to join us here at the Graves Gallery.”