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MiKo Berry, performance poet

MiKo Berry, performance poet, visited Prior Park today. MiKo is a European Poetry Slam Champion who has appeared at Glastonbury, worked for the Royal Family and works with children in schools up and down the country.

He did three sessions with the Sixth Form in which he combined performances of his poems (which were sometimes funny, sometimes thought provoking and poignant) with discussing his own experiences of depression, stressing the importance of talking about mental health problems so that those suffering don't feel so isolated.

In the afternoon he led a session with a small group of keen writers from F4 in which he challenged them to look at the different elements of plot, description and character and, above all, to have confidence in their writing abilities.