A group of Kelvin Grove State College’s most accomplished writers, poets, and theatre enthusiasts took off for London in late November on a two-week tour of the UK. The tour was structured around an exploration of the literary heritage of England while also giving these aspiring young writers a primer on the modern London publishing scene.
The tour included two days in Shakespeare’s hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon, where performance workshops were run by the Royal Shakespeare Company and showcased what is undoubtedly the greatest Shakespearean talent worldwide (from both the RSC and the Kelvin Grove group!). Tours and workshops in Bath and Winchester gave the group an opportunity to explore the cities that shaped Jane Austen’s writing in the early 19th century. In Oxford, the group wandered down the same lamppost-lined path where C.S. Lewis first dreamed up a children’s story about a wintery magical wonderland just on the other side of a wardrobe.
With a full week in London, the group managed to pack classic London sightseeing and West End shows around a full schedule of interactive workshops with the Young Publishers Society, Charles Dickens Museum, and Shakespeare’s Globe. Choosing a tour highlight is difficult, but most of the students (and even the Student Horizons Representative!) agreed that the slam poetry workshop was an incredible experience. Under the inspiring direction of the founder of SLAMbassadors UK, the KGSC students each wrote and performed a set of original spoken word poems during the half-day workshop. The team at Student Horizons can’t wait to see what these talented students accomplish in the years to come.