Sixth form launches a book of poetry!

Added: Dec 18, 2019

Our sixth form college launched its first collection of poetry this week. Titled “The Book of Overwhelming Stuff,” the book contains poems by more than a dozen of our students, native British learners and ESOL learners alike. The poems explore everything from anxiety and mental health to war and genocide. The work was written during weekly Poetry classes with the wonderful Kate Clanchy, an award-winning poet, novelist, non-fiction writer and teacher. She is known for her decades of work with refugee communities and young learners – inspiring them and enabling them to write and publish poetry as an outlet for creativity and expression.

Here is a poem from one of our students, Dung, an ESOL learner and future poet in the making.


And another devastating poem from two of our students from East Timor, Geniva and Nora.

After receiving the printed books in the mail, we held a school-wide assembly this week to give the students the chance to read their poems out-loud or have Kate read them. We think it was an incredible opportunity for our students to have a window into each other’s lives – to experience another’s hardship through beautiful craftwork. We believe that art can be healing and can bring us all closer together.

Well done to all our sixth form student who contributed to the book, and once again, a special thanks to Kate Clanchy.


«...I not only consider EMBS a college - I also see it as my family.... »

«I arrived in this country four months ago, without any confidence in my English and really scared to be an independent person at sixteen. I didn't know what my next steps were since the education in my country is really different. One day, my aunt bought me to EMBS. At the beginning I was really insecure as I didn't even know how to use the bus and get there, it made me feel like a child surrounded by grown up people that didn’t understand me at all. Ever since I started to study here, everything negative that I used to feel has changed completely. I’ve got to meet amazing people like Jo and Jane, who took care of me and were concerned about my future. I’ve also got to make amazing friends like Aisha and Abner that always make me laugh and feel positive about life. Of course, this is not the only thing that the EMBS has given me: they also are deeply involved in my education and they help me in any way possible to achieve my purpose, which is go to university and study human rights. If I am being honest, I not only consider EMBS a college - I also see it as my family. »


«...I really enjoyed my time at EMBS, meeting so many different people and making lots of fun and happy memories.... »

«Before I came to EMBS I was very shy and often felt very awkward to start conversations with people around me, I never spoke unless I was spoken to but after a few months of being here I gained confidence and was able to communicate with other people comfortably, made good friends and feel like I knew myself. I really enjoyed my time at EMBS, meeting so many different people and making lots of fun and happy memories.»


«...The staff are really nice and friendly.... »

«Before I came to EMBS I was very shy and not confident, I used to be very afraid to speak English outside of college. But after several months, EMBS helped me to gain more confidence and especially improve my spoken and written English. The staff are really nice and friendly.»