Poet Benjamin inspires Fleet Wood Lane

Fleet Wood Lane Primary'Visit from poet, Benjamin Zephaniah
Fleet Wood Lane Primary'Visit from poet, Benjamin Zephaniah
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POET Benjamin Zephaniah inspired pupils from Fleet Wood Lane Primary School when he talked about his life and performed some of his poems.

Pupils in Years 4, 5 and 6 are doing a project on Lincolnshire and wanted to link it to the locally based writer.

Benjamin, who lives near Spalding, spent hours with them.

Teacher Linda Merrill said pupils asked the poet lots of questions, such as why had he moved to Lincolnshire – and Benjamin said his mother had told him it was like Jamaica, “flat and farms”.

Mrs Merrill said: “He liked Lincolnshire because it is open, there is no pollution, the people around here are friendly and he wanted some privacy after living in London.”

Benjamin also talked to younger pupils at the school.

Mrs Merrill said children were so inspired by Benjamin’s visit they are picking up poetry books to read.

She said: “Even the boys are picking up poetry.”