Are you looking for a way to inspire a group with poetry and performance?
I’ve appeared on stages around the UK, from Glastonbury Festival to the Royal Albert Hall. I was the winner of the 2015 Great Northern Slam, have been commissioned by Radio 3’s ‘The Verb’ and my work has been featured in the Guardian, on BBC Breakfast and was named ‘Best of Today’ on Radio 4.
I offer poetry workshops suitable for many ages, from Key Stage 1 right up to adults, and I’ve ran projects for New Writing North, Seven Stories and The British School in the Netherlands. As well as being a lot of fun, the sessions build on literacy, artistic expression and communication skills. Holding a first class B.A in English Literature, I have an in-depth knowledge about the technical side of writing.
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British School in the Netherlands (Feb 2018)
After my successful TEDx Talk in The Hague, I was invited back to The British School in the Netherlands to deliver a week’s worth of workshops. I worked in 3 different primary schools and engaged students with low levels of literacy, many of whom struggled with creative expression. We interviewed others to find inspiration for poems, wrote about ‘moments of peace’ and made a group poem about the school using verbal exercises. The school did a write-up of the workshops here.
“A special ability to draw out the voice of the most hidden student and explore it, he engaged with children from 5 to 11 years old expertly”- Liz Jones, Teacher
Seven Stories, Rhyme Scene (September 2017-November 2017)
I worked with a group of year 8 and year 9 students from Walker Technology College in a 3 month project at Seven Stories, the national centre for children’s books. Walker is an economically deprived area. To begin with, the group had low levels of confidence and most were unsure about taking part in a poetry workshop. We wrote new material which expressed hopes and fears for the future and created a final pop-up performance that combined elements of poetry and theatre to engage the general public.
“I would sign up today if it was happening again”- Student
“It was wonderful to see them performing their work with such confidence (which some seem to have only discovered whilst taking part in the project)”- Martyn Webster, English Teacher
New Writing North, Cuckoo (December 2015-March 2016)
I worked with a year 8 and year 9 class in Excelsior Academy to produce new material, which was performed as a group piece in a final show. The classes had a diverse mix of ethnicities, with 2 thirds of the students speaking English as a foreign language. The project was featured in The Chronicle and one of the poems was later made into a short film.