Are you looking for a way to inspire a group with poetry and performance?
I am part of the national organisation Apples and Snakes and have performed at The Bristol Poetry Festival and The Royal Albert Hall. My one man poetry show North East Rising toured the region in Autumn 2014, sold out at Northern Stage and gained 4 stars from The Journal.
A member of the National Association of Writers in Education, I offer poetry workshops suitable for a wide range of ages, from Key Stage 2 right up to adults. Through fun and hands-on games the group will explore different writing techniques and methods of delivery and will create their very own piece for performance!
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 poetry.
From August 2014-15 I worked at Lord Lawson of Beamish Academy, delivering a years’ worth of workshops to a Year 9 group as part of their Enrichment Program. In August 2014 I collaborated with children’s performance organisation Juice and worked with a Year 5 group at Hilton Primary Academy, who created poetry and performed it as part of the Mouth of the Tyne Festival.
In October 2015 I ran 5 workshops for The Forge at Furrowfield School in Windy Nook, which caters for young people who aren’t suited to mainstream education. I was invited to help the Year 9’s with their studies of Macbeth and I used themes from my own poetry and games involving performance and rhyme to help them find a way into the subject.
In November of that year I also started a project with New Writing North, delivering weekly workshops to a Year 8 and Year 9 group at Excelsior Academy in Newcastle’s West End. We got onto the topic of what it would be like to move to Mars and space became the theme of our final poems. Other poets/rappers involved were Bob Beagrie and MC Drop Dead Fred, who were also running workshops with 2 classes of young people at the school.
The project ended with a performance in January 2016, where all of the 6 classes involved performed their work as one large piece called ‘This Makes Me’. There was an article written about it in The Journal and the poems are currently being filmed.
Mrs Laurie Shaw, a Year 4/5 teacher from St Bede’s Primary School, had this to say about my work:
“My class loved the humorous, exciting and new approach that Rowan brought. He made it a memorable time for the children and inspired within them a love for poetry. Following his visit many children, including some reluctant boys, were eager to try and write their own poems at any opportunity they could!”
If you would like more information on what the sessions are like, or to arrange one, please:
or Telephone: 01912091414.