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Professor Simon Armitage Visits Harrow Shanghai

November, 2017
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Professor Simon Armitage CBE visited Harrow International School Shanghai on 15 and 16 October to officially open the school library, named in his honor, and to run a series of workshops for Harrow pupils.

harrow-shnaghai-professor-simon-armitage-visit-to-harrow_1Professor Armitage is one of Britain’s leading poets and writers. His poems have featured on A-level and IGCSE syllabuses for many years. He is Professor of Poetry at Leeds University and was elected to the highly prestigious position of Professor of Poetry at Oxford in 2015.

The Harrow Shanghai library opening was a special occasion attended by Mr. John Edwards, the British Consul-General, and Harrow’s other literary guest, Mr. Nury Vittacci. The evening started with a reception party and invited guests were treated to a wonderful performance from the Prep and Senior School choirs, who sang a series of literary-inspired songs.

In a fascinating and humorous address, Professor Armitage explained how he saw libraries as “a passport for a child’s imagination” before reading his poems Zoom and Homework and unveiling the plaque naming the library in his honor.

The following day Professor Armitage and Mr. Vittachi conducted a series of workshops for Harrow pupils in the Prep and Senior Schools. Some focused on the IGCSE and A level syllabuses, whilst others focused simply on the idea of writing creatively. The day ended with both authors hosting ‘An afternoon with…’, where a selection of their works, anecdotes and thoughts were heard from a staff and pupil audience including invited pupils and staff from other international schools.


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