Wey Valley Academy held creative and innovative workshop sessions on Friday 14th October with two poets – John Agard and Fred D’Aguiar. Agard is a poet, playwright and short story writer and the author of 50 books. He has won many prizes, including the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 2012. His poem ‘Checking Out Me History’ and ‘Halfe-Caste’ are studied on the GCSE Literature syllabus. Fred D’Auguiar was born in London to Guyanese parents and grew up in Guyana and then returned to England in his teens. He is the author of four novels and eight collections of poetry. Both are Caribbean and diaspora writers with formative experiences in Guyana who delight audiences around the world with their improvisation and wordplay . The day of workshops were organised by Mark Damon Chutter (Performing Arts, Wey Valley) who said,’ this was an exciting day of eclectic poetry based around the themes of diversity to celebrate Black History Month’. A Year 11 student exclaimed ‘this was such an amazing day and has deepened my intellectual curiosity and understanding around context within poetry alongside race and identity’ Both poets then performed at Shire Hall in Dorchester in the evening. Thanks to Renaissance One for helping to arrange this event.