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20 February 2015
Poetry - Study Ireland

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Growing Up


Sense of Place





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The Study Ireland Poetry series was provided by the BBC at the request of the Education Broadcasting Council for Northern Ireland. The series follows five themes, examining the works of contemporary poets to discover how and why they write.

The series is designed for pupils following the Northern Ireland Curriculum for English Language and Literature to GCSE - Key Stage 3-4 (12-16). It supports the process of change happening to the English curriculum.

Growing Up

looks at how some writers experience life from early childhood to adolescence.


examines the complex webs that bind people together and hold them apart.

Nature & Landscape

draws on a long Irish written tradition that deals with animals and the world that they live in.


contains poetry written in response to the painful experiences of the people of Northern Ireland during the 30 years of the Troubles.

A Sense Of Place

is about how some writers respond to places that are very familiar to them.

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Download teachers notes for programmes 1 - 5

Teachers Notes

Diana Press and Peter Hollywood wrote the teachers notes accompanying this series.

Diana has wide experience of teaching English to all levels. She is presently principal moderator for English Literature at Key Stage 4 for CCEA. She is vice principal of a Belfast co-educational grammar school. Recently she published a text book for Key Stage 3 "English Revision".

Peter Hollywood is Head of English at Aquinas Grammar School, Belfast. He has taught English to "A" level for many years. He writes short stories and has contributed successfully to literary publications. He has also written a collection of short stories entitled "Jane Alley" (Pretani Press).

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