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Former English teacher donates poetry book to Moray schools and care homes


By Jonathan Clark

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Richard Bennett, pictured, right, outside Elgin Academy, has donated copies of his book to schools and care homes across Moray.
Richard Bennett, pictured, right, outside Elgin Academy, has donated copies of his book to schools and care homes across Moray.

A FORMER English teacher has donated his newly-released poetry book to schools and care homes across Moray.

Richard Bennett, who taught at Elgin Academy for 25 years and Milne's High for five years, has donated Poetry of Moray to learners and the elderly.

The 200-page book showcases pieces by 35 poets who were born or who settled in Moray and covers the period from 1448 to 1984.

Richard said: “I’m delighted that copies of my book have been donated to primary and secondary schools across Moray for pupils and teaching staff alike to enjoy.

Elgin man and former English teacher at the Academy, Richard Bennett is launching a new book called 'Poetry of Moray'...Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
Elgin man and former English teacher at the Academy, Richard Bennett is launching a new book called 'Poetry of Moray'...Picture: Daniel Forsyth..

"I hope that reading the book provides young pupils with insight, knowledge and inspiration to research the history of Moray for themselves one day.”

Moray Council’s Head of Education, Vivienne Cross, said: “This extremely generous gesture from Richard is much appreciated and I’d like to thank him on behalf of the council.

"I’m confident that our pupils will enjoy hearing about the intriguing patterns of life and art across Moray over the centuries.

“It’s important, and equally interesting, for young people to learn more about the history of their local area, and I’m sure they’ll take great delight in reading the work of local poets who were born or chose to settle in Moray.”

Poetry of Moray was officially launched on Wednesday, September 8, at 7.30pm in Elgin Library.

Financial support from The Doric Board helped Richard donate copies of the book to schools and care homes.


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