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Vanessa Marin & Carlos Palacios  in London
Saint Gabriel\'s College.  on 2016-03-16

World book day: Un lugar propio at Saint Gabriel’s College

On Tuesday 1st March 2016, a group of year 9 and 10 Bilingual Spanish speaking students from Saint Gabriel’s College in Camberwell, were lucky enough to have Leonardo Boix visit the school to read some of his poetry.

Leonardo Boix is an Argentinean journalist, writer and poet, and has managed to create pieces of work that encompass both aspects of his life and an insight into the life of others who have immigrated into the UK. Students had the opportunity to listen and ask questions about pieces from his most recent book, “Un Lugar Propio” (Letras del Sur 2015).

Mrs Lopez EAL teacher said “This is an amazing opportunity for these children to be able to have a real life poet come into the school and bring poetry alive. More so it being a Latino, it’s someone that the children and I could relate to. With a lot of Leonardo’s poems we as a group and Latinos could reflect and identify with, “Google earth” was a particular poem which stood out to the pupils as it is something that they could identify with. My reason for doing this is to help inspire a younger generation of Latino children living in the UK.”

Vanessa Marin and Carlos Palacios were lucky enough to interview Leonardo, in both Spanish and English.

1. ¿Qué es lo que más te dificulta del inglés?

Comunicándome con la gente.

2. ¿Qué es lo que te inspira escribir poemas?

El país en el que nací, mis experiencias de niño, mi madre y mi vida en Londres.

3. ¿Cuál es el país que más le gusta y por qué?

Los países que más me gustan son Argentina e Inglaterra, porque en Argentina es donde tengo mi familia y Inglaterra porque aquí esta mi pareja, mi casa y mi nueva vida.

4. If you hadn’t of been a writer what career would you have chosen?

I would of probably have choose biology or chemistry, I love science or anything to do with science.

5. Why did you move to this country?

I really wanted to learn English, I also love different cultures and I wanted to find out more about the English culture.

6. What inspires you day to day to be a poet?

Mostly my mum, but I’m also inspired by the world itself, furthermore the fact that I can express what I think in such a beautiful way through writing really inspires me.

This was to collaborate with World Book Day which was celebrated on Thursday 3rd March 2016.

Special thanks for the article to Claudia Lopez-Prieto, Lead EAL Mentor/Teacher and students of Saint Gabriel's College.

Click on the link below to see the pictures of this event.


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