Poet gets the party started

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A MAN of distinction, once described as the “Shirley Bassey of performance poetry”, paid a visit to Thurnscoe last week.

Renowned Darfield poet Ian McMillan worked with autistic children at the Robert Ogden School, to share his passion for words and language.

Within workshops for pupils aged 14-19, he shared some of his own poems and encouraged them to write some of their own.

The Robert Ogden School is one of the largest services for autistic children in the world. Teachers form close relationships with pupils and concentrate on helping them fulfil their potential, often succeeding where other schools have failed.

Gillian Roberts, NAS Principal at the school, said: “We were very excited that Ian McMillan came and the children really looked forward to meeting him.

“Autism is a lifelong disability, which affects how a person communicates with, and relates to others.

“Workshops like the ones with Ian are a brilliant opportunity for children to explore new ways of expressing themselves and interacting with those around them.”