It’s never too early for poetry!

He is four years old, has thousands of admirers on Twitter and produces poems with lines such as: “Everyone has love / Even baddies.”

Nadim Shamma-Sourgen is the youngest “discovery” of Kate Clanchy, a teacher who has helped a series of teenage poets find fame. Her school, Oxford Spires Academy, a small comprehensive in a disadvantaged area of the city, has won more national poetry prizes than any other school in the UK. Clanchy started working with Nadim, who is still at nursery, after his mother, Yasmine Shamma, a friend, asked for tips to get young children writing creatively. Shamma, a lecturer in literature at Reading University, said: “Kate generously gave myself and a colleague a workshop almost a year ago, and offered prompts to get young people writing. One of them was, ‘What do you put down on the table by the door when you get home?’”

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