Manchester poet Marvin Cheeseman recently paid us a visit and spoke to a group of pupils about his writing, his style - and the inspiration for his ideas.
Marvin Cheeseman’s work has been featured on the BBC, TV and radio. He spent time in school working with the Year 10’s, in preparation for the start of the English Literature course next year, and with the Year 7 pupils.
Marvin has been described by Robert Cochrane, poetry critic, as having “a gently mocking, common touch. The ability to connect without unnecessary artifice is all too rare. His work is charming and contemporary. Like Noel Coward, he has a talent to amuse by raising a knowing smile that lingers long in the mind. Wit and warmth. What more could you wish for …”
Mr Jamie Sharrock, English teacher said: “Marvin encouraged the pupils to explore their creative side and encouraged any aspiring writers to have a go and share their ideas. Poetry doesn’t have to be difficult or elitist and Marvin is a great example of this. His poetry is great fun and his Mancunian humour and references are easy for the pupils to relate to.”
“It was a pleasure to welcome Marvin to the school for what was a fascinating and inspiring session,” commented Mrs Fiona Minshall, Head Teacher at Saint Paul’s. “Research shows that when children have actually met and made a personal connection with an author, they are much more inclined to read author’s work and, above all, it inspires their love of books and the written word. I am now looking forward to seeing how they transfer this learning into their creative writing!”