George the Poet wants to help children with ‘educational escape’ – Reuters
George the poet is “very passionate” about helping children experience an “educational escape”.
The spoken word performer has been named a ‘conductor of culture’ with Avanti West Coast as part of the rail company’s Feel Good Field Trips campaign – which offers free school trips on its mainland route to 5,000 people – and admitted it’s a cause close to his heart.
He said: “Some of our most important learning experiences as children take place beyond the confines of the classroom. Having spent time as a youth worker, helping young people access a healthy dose of educational escape is something I am passionate about.
“That’s why I’m thrilled to help launch a project that will connect young people from different backgrounds to exciting and rewarding opportunities they will always remember.”
To launch the campaign, 10 Year 6 students from Ashbury Meadow Primary School joined George on an Avanti West Coast train from Manchester Piccadilly to London Euston, where they took part in a poetry workshop, recording more later their spoken creation piece at Soho Sonic in Camden. Studios.
George added: “I had a fantastic time working with the pupils at Ashbury Meadow Primary School; together we created a whole new piece of spoken art and took an in-depth look at the science of sound, the recording process and the evolution of technology.
“I’m thrilled that so many more kids are getting the chance to enjoy this kind of immersive, hands-on experience as part of the Feel Good Field Trips campaign.”
The start of the campaign – which will run for the next two years – also saw pupils from the COOP Academy in Stoke-on-Trent enjoy a hands-on culinary day on Manchester’s Curry Mile, where they learned the history of the famous kitchen. neighborhood before cooking their own vegetarian curry, and year 7 children from King Edward VI Sheldon Heath Academy visited Daniel Lismore’s exhibition, “Be Yourself: Everyone Else Is Already Taken” at The Herbert in Coventry, before taking part to a creative workshop.
Avanti West Coast is working alongside Community Rail Partners across the Community Rail Network including Community Rail Lancashire, Heart of England and Rail 74 to deliver this campaign, with other partners set to join the campaign over the course of its two-year deployment.