Schools are being encouraged to sign up for this year’s Poetry Together event to enjoy poetry, tea and cake with their local care homes – with a recipe courtesy of HRH The Duchess of Cornwall.
Poetry Together was launched by Gyles Brandreth in 2019 in partnership with Dukes Education and National Poetry Day.
The initiative sees school pupils and care home residents recite poetry together in the weeks following National Poetry Day on 7 October.
More than 150 UK schools have already signed up, including independent schools within Dukes Education’s group of schools such as Aldro, Downe House and The Perse School.
For the special event, following last year’s event being forced online due to the pandemic, HRH The Duchess of Cornwall has provided her personal recipe for a Victoria sponge. She is hoping to join the children and care home residents for one of the tea parties.
Aatif Hassan, founder and chairman of Dukes Education, said: “We are really pleased to be able to support Poetry Together again this year and bring communities together in person following a challenging time for both schools and care homes.
“Poetry has the power to educate us, enrich us and lift us and I look forward to seeing the smiles on the faces of both young and old at all the wonderful Poetry Together tea parties that will take place this year.”
Brandreth added: “This is amazing, we now have the freedom for old people and young people to meet up at school or in care homes, perform poetry together that they have all learnt by heart, and enjoy tea and cake. And not just any cake, a Royal cake! What more could you want?”
Schools and care homes can sign up now to take part at www.poetrytogether.com