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Elaine Gaston Visit

As pupils of Antrim Grammar School, we had the great pleasure of meeting Elaine Gaston, who is a poet from the north coast of Northern Ireland. We had a wonderful session with her in which she introduced many of us to the works of Seamus Heaney, especially his poem ‘Post-Script’. She taught us the structure of Heaney’s poems and the method of applying it to our own poetry.

For many of us it was an eye-opening experience to our own interpretation of poetry. She also provided us with the wonderful experience of hearing her read several of her own poems. One of these was entitled ‘Seasons’,  which focused on her relationship with her father. Our experience with Miss Gaston was not only educational, but also highly enjoyable and unique.

Matt Stead Year 13

The Strange Drive

I was sitting at the back

of the car. Windows open

and the fresh breezes hit

my face. The Portrush beach

smiled at me and the bright

light hit the water’s surface

smiling at me.

 

The old torn up castles

raised their heads up

showcasing what had left

of the war. I could hear

the sensational sound

of the waves sending signs

to each other.

 

Time moved by but I felt

stuck in the moment. We

journeyed on home. I felt

my heart shutter and so

did the stones as we

bid farewell.

 

Anna Nerudzo

 

Inspired by Elaine Gaston’s visit.