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Respected poet visits College

October 15, 2014

Respected poet, novelist and playwright Benjamin Zephaniah visited West Cheshire College today (Monday 13th October) to speak to students about his new novel, Terror Kid.

 

The powerful new novel is about a Romany boy called Rico who is angry about the injustices he sees around the world and decides to do something about it. His apparently harmless actions quickly see Rico on the run, accused of murder and terrorism.

Stephen Boyle, 16, from Ellesmere Port, who is studying BTEC Extended Diploma in Performing Arts said: “I studied Benjamin’s poetry for GCSE so I know a lot of his work. I love the way he expresses his views on everything. Even his funny poems have a serious message behind them.

“I really enjoyed his visit to the College and it was a fantastic opportunity to get to meet him.”

Peter Marnell, 20, from Chester who is studying a HNC in Performing Arts at the College, said: “I thought Benjamin was really inspiring. I had only heard of him for the first time two days ago, but his talk was so interesting that I’ve bought some of his books today.”

Benjamin said of his visit: “I’ve been to many schools and colleges but by far the students at West Cheshire College have asked the most political questions.

“It has shown that they think about a lot of political issues happening in the world. I love having political debates so I really enjoyed my time here.

“My advice to students is that everybody has the potential to be a writer as we all have our own individual stories that we can tell people.”

Clare Owens, Head of School-English and ESOL from West Cheshire College, said: “Benjamin was fantastic and so inspirational for our students. His slant on life and his approaches to writing certainly sparked interesting discussions!

“It is very important for our students’ overall enrichment to have opportunities like this whilst they are at College - it boosts their college experience and makes learning exciting.”

Benjamin Zephaniah was born in 1958, Birmingham and was included in The Times list of Britain's top 50 post-war writers in 2008.

For more information about studying at West Cheshire College, call the college hotline on 01244 656555 or visit www.west-cheshire.ac.uk

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