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Year 7 pupils from Hackney Free and Parochial School worked with performance poet Valerie Bloom, who used Rembrandt’s painting ’Belshazzar’s Feast’ as a focus for her masterclasses.

Valerie began by introducing the pupils to Jamaican Patois, and the whole group joined in performing several of her poems, which were written in Patois.
‘Megastar Rap’
‘Pinda Cake’

Valerie introduced the painting to the pupils and told the story. The pupils were given some tips to help them write their own poetry.
Image of quote from Valerie's story.Click here for Valerie's story.
Image of a Valerie Bloom's Masterclass.Click here for Valerie Bloom's Masterclasses.
Image of students.Click here for Student Responses.
Image of ‘Belshazzar’s Feast’ by Rembrandt, about 1635.Click here for About the Painting.
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