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It's always one of the highlights of the annual Bridlington Poetry Festival, and Lit Up - East Riding Libraries' unique literature project – is delighted to be bringing Poetry Scope back to local schools for the sixth year running.

The innovative project parachutes performance poet Dommy B into six schools across Bridlington, hosting a series of intensive workshops to support and encourage students to look at poetry in new ways.

The theme for the 2017 writing workshops will be 'My Place in the World', responding to wider cultural and world events over the past year.

Christina Lewis, Project Coordinator, said: "We're delighted to be welcoming Dominic to the East Riding this year, especially as he's had such a busy year!

"Not only was he Glastonbury Festival Poet in Residence, he also won 2017 Saboteur 'Best Spoken Word Artist' award and has been touring his work across the USA, Canada, India, New Zealand, Australia and Europe.

"He's the perfect choice to give students the confidence and inspiration to perform their work in front of a poetry festival audience."

Dominic will be running writing workshops at Hilderthorpe, Martongate, Burlington, Boynton, Our Lady and Saint Peter and New Pasture Lane primary schools, culminating in the Bridlington Poetry Festival Schools' Day.

Held at Sewerby Hall on Friday 20 October, this day of workshops and performance is a celebration of the week's work, with young writers from The Writing Squad and performances from some very special guests.

Antony Dunn, Artistic Director of Bridlington Poetry Festival, said: "Poetry Scope introduces young people to new forms and ideas and, most importantly, encourages them to have fun and play with words – we want young people to get excited about language and creativity.

"It's a great opportunity to introduce young people to poetry and live literature, giving them space to work alongside professional poets and discuss their work. And with a backdrop of Sewerby Hall and Gardens for our final celebration, who could fail to be inspired?!"

Any schools interested in being involved in next year's project (2018) should contact Festival Director Dorcas Taylor at Dorcas.Taylor@eastriding.gov.uk.