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National Poetry Month: The School Trip, Dave McKeown with Hanjan

Dave McKeown on April 28, 2013 09:56

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    Hannah's beautiful poem, “The School Trip”, struck a chord with me right away and she very kindly recorded her reading it for me to set to music. As this is National Poetry Month we are presenting this piece as part of this terrific celebration of the spoken word.

    The music is played on three standard clarinets and a bass clarinet. I've tried to support the gentle, vulnerable and deep spirit of Hannah's words and to capture that sense of tension and resolution which is always present in the relationships we hold the dearest.

    Hannah's page is at and is of course worth a visit.

    The group with other National Poetry Month submissions is at

    …and my very good friend Bas has created a very wonderful song version of Hannah's poem which you can find at


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