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UCOL Utilizes Pavement for Poetry

Visitors to Wanganui’s Saturday market are likely to notice something colourfully cultural underfoot.

First year English students from the UCOL’s Computer Graphic Design programme will use an unusual medium to share their poetry skills with the people of Wanganui – they will chalk their verse on the footpath.

UCOL lecturer Rachel Smith says the exercise is a unique and positive way for the students to display their original poems, using the design skills they have developed during the year.

The students’ handiwork will appear on the pavement between Taupo Quay and the Whanganui River in time for the Saturday morning market.

It is the first time this novel approach has been taken and Rachel says the activity serves two purposes. “It is our way of sharing our work with the local community as we don’t have an end of year ‘exhibition’ as such.”

Rachel says, “It also adds a little light relief after a year of intense study.

Obviously we are hoping for fine weather.”


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