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Art project inspires poetic Kings Hill pupils

Art project inspires poetic Kings Hill pupils

Children at two Kings Hill schools have been discovering the power of words and more about where they live as part of a project designed to bring the history and culture of Kings Hill to life for future generations.

Youngsters at Kings Hill School and The Discovery School took part in a Haiku workshop delivered by Deal-based Future Creative, which is undertaking community engagement for the Kings Hill Wayfinding project, a series of art commissions that will complement the refurbished Control Tower at the former night fighter squadron base. 

Traditional Japanese Haiku poems consist of seventeen syllables in three lines of five, seven and five and having heard more about the history of Kings Hill and the men and women who manned and flew from the air station, children from the schools were encouraged to write their own Haiku-inspired poems informed by what they had learned. 

“It was a really positive session and the children enjoyed discovering all about life at Kings Hill when it was an airfield,” said Julie Larner, Arts and Engagement Manager at Future Creative.

“We were impressed with the Haiku-inspired work that they came up with and their efforts. The team working on the Wayfinding project is now undertaking the very exciting task of collating all the great work that has been done, including the children’s poetry, and deciding what to include in the installations.”

Kerry Thomas, Head Teacher at Kings Hill School, said: “I know the children found the workshop fascinating. The Future Creative team certainly inspired them to learn about the old airfield.”

Andrew Blevins, Managing Director of Liberty Property Trust UK, said: “Our community engagement team has harvested a wealth of wonderful memories and stories from the people of Kings Hill and its environs which we look forward to sharing with the community. 

“There is more to placemaking than developing buildings, and tapping into Kings Hill’s past can only add to its appeal.”

A website, www.kings-hill-wayfinding.org, has been set up to allow visitors to find out about the Wayfinding project, take a look at recent activities in the community, and share their own stories with the creative practitioner team who have been carrying out the community engagement project.

On the site you will be able to find examples of creative writing by members of the community, photographs taken at events and individual memories. 

The website will become an archive of the work carried out over the last three months.

Some of the Haiku-inspired poems composed by pupils at Kings Hill school included:

breeze rushes through your hair,
stars are like sequins on a black dress
dancing on the disco floor
by Sophie Gardiner

<span 0.9rem;="" line-height:="" 1.1rem;"="">planes do tricks and turns
an owl flies past the moon
locusts swoop over the land
by Ava Hazelhurst

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