By Maureen McTaggart
Are you sitting comfortably? Then let's begin. Poet Michael Rosen, the London Grid for Learning and the Booktrust have joined forces to create a website where young people can upload videos of their poetry recitals and check out the performances put on by their peers.
“The best learning,” says Michael Rosen, “takes place when you create an atmosphere of curiosity and excitement. Poetry has never been written with the intention of making young people irritated, bored, anxious or humiliated and it can’t purely exist on the page.” Perform-a-Poem, therefore, is intended to be a way to handle poems so that a whole class will be curious and excited enough to want to read, write, perform and think about them.