Are you looking for a way to inspire a group with poetry and performance?
I have appeared on stages around the UK, from Glastonbury Festival to the Royal Albert Hall. I was the winner of the 2015 Great Northern Slam and my work has been featured in the Guardian, on BBC Breakfast and was named ‘Best of Today’ on Radio 4.
A member of the National Association of Writers in Education, I offer poetry workshops suitable for a wide range of ages, from Key Stage 1 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.
In August 2014 I collaborated with children’s performance organisation Juice and worked with a year 5 group in 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 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 for a year 8 and year 9 group at Excelsior Academy. Space and Mars became the theme for our final poems. Other poets involved were Bob Beagrie and MC Drop Dead Fred. The project ended with a final performance of all the work produced in January 2016. There was an article written about this in the Chronicle and the poems were made into films. The students also went on to win a Journal Culture Award for Outstanding Youth Achievement.
Another school I continue to work in regularly is Cardinal Hume Catholic School in Gateshead. English teacher Stuart Dine had this to say about my work:
“We cannot wait to find an excuse to bring Rowan back, because he reflects the qualities of a people’s poet, who is able to communicate to pupils in a language they understand, which makes poetry approachable for all.”
For more information on what the sessions are like, or to arrange one, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org