Sheringham High School performance poets reach national Cultural Olympiad final

Young wordsmiths from north Norfolk have recited their way to the finals of a national performance poetry slam.

The Sheringham High School performers came first out of all the regional finalists in the Shake the Dust event, held on Friday at The Garage, in Norwich, as part of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival.

Teams of 13 to 16-year-olds showcased the performance poems they had crafted while working with leading performance poets on the theme of 'Truce'.

The eight Sheringham pupils, working in two teams, were coached by Andy Bennett and Molly Naylor.

They were up against a Norfolk team from Caister High, as well as competitor schools from Cambridge and Peterborough.

Performance poetry organisation Apples and Snakes has organised the national event, and the east regional final was in partnership with The Garage and the Writers' Centre Norwich.

Shake the Dust is part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, and the east final was part of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival programme.

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Sheringham will head to London's Queen Elizabeth Hall on July 7 for the grand final.