As you’ll know if you’ve been following my blog, I’ve been busy since September 2020, searching for new Poet Laureates in the schools, as part of my Patron of Writing role, then finding new ways to work with them online.
I’ve also been leading poetry workshops with year 9 and I’ve been lucky enough to work with around 250 thirteen and fourteen year olds, this autumn. Poetry workshops are vital as they inspire students to write creatively, for fun, skill development and self-expression.
You can read some of the great student and teacher workshop feedback, on my Poet in Schools page.
I’ve genuinely loved every minute of the workshops, even though I’ve had to adapt my approach and resources and deliver them remotely, via Zoom. I’m always struck by the students’ confidence in creating and in experimenting with words, ideas and imagination. It’s a complete buzz to witness this magic.
Taking a little time out to write for ourselves, whatever our age or experience, is just so important, especially right now.