World Poetry Day kicked off with a mass reading of Old Cliftonian Henry Newbolt’s poem Vitaï Lampada in tutor group sessions. Students and staff were moved by the famous poem, which begins with the line ‘There's a breathless hush in the Close to-night’.
During morning break, the library was adorned with bunting and balloons for the Percival Poetry Party. Students took the mic and read favourite poems or performed their own work to the delight of the Clifton literari.
Party rings, party poppers and party hats were distributed to add to the sense of occasion and every attendee was issued with their very own Poetic Licence and a hand-bound copy of Inspired by Clifton, a collection of poetry about the school written by students.