Lockdown – it gives us poetry

It’s time to enjoy the last poems of the school year, from young Didcot Girls’ School Poet Laureates Keira Mason (year 8) and Iris Rogers (year 11). These two have learned a lot this year and it’s been special for me to mentor them in their poetry. Mentoring is always a two-way street and I’veContinue reading “Lockdown – it gives us poetry”

*New poem* from the DGS Upper School Poet Laureate

One of the best bits of my role as Patron of Writing, is to publish new work by the young writers I have the privilege of mentoring. Today, I get to share the latest work from talented year 11 student, Iris Rogers. This is my third year working with Iris and it’s been amazing toContinue reading “*New poem* from the DGS Upper School Poet Laureate”

Heart-stopping words from our SBS School Poet Laureate…

Frustratingly, our St Birinus School Poet Laureates didn’t get the chance to perform their poems to the school community this term, due to school closures. However, school closures definitely don’t stop us from being, from thinking and creating … and here’s the proof: Please take a moment to stop and take in this latest commissionedContinue reading “Heart-stopping words from our SBS School Poet Laureate…”

Winter with Eva – Lockdown vlog

Join me & beat the social isolation blues, as I read a poem-a-day from my debut poetry pamphlet. Day 1: https://youtu.be/D3oDQ4wFONg Day 2: https://youtu.be/pO6HqWHgm14 Day 3: https://youtu.be/xNix4hO4A1g Day 4: https://youtu.be/OGKajshg8xo Day 5: https://youtu.be/6sUv6mKXXfY Day 6: https://youtu.be/6hWkntfAWI8 Day 7: https://youtu.be/HO_MMe6ZX_s Day 8: https://youtu.be/5NcEClU6qwU Day 9: https://youtu.be/PUa-O4wJ-vg Day 10: https://youtu.be/U1R-xY9yTi8 Day 11: https://youtu.be/8cx-7_A2MPY Day 12: https://youtu.be/xlhsFpGtRYE DayContinue reading “Winter with Eva – Lockdown vlog”

A Platform for Poets: meet the Poet Laureates!

Following on from yesterday’s post about the stunning poetry being written at Didcot Girls’ School by their two young Poet Laureates, I’m chuffed to tell you that, this school year, St Birinus School has two official poets of their own to shout about!  At the risk of sounding like a cracked record,  I’m very muchContinue reading “A Platform for Poets: meet the Poet Laureates!”

Introducing [drum-roll]… our Poet Laureates

So today and tomorrow, I’ll be showcasing the latest work by the incredibly talented young poets, who earned the title ‘Poet Laureate’ earlier this year, in their schools. It’s a genuine privilege to be able to work closely with these writers, as part of my role as Patron of Writing at Didcot Girls’ School andContinue reading “Introducing [drum-roll]… our Poet Laureates”

Where my heart lies in the darkness of my safe space: the poetry workshops continue…

I’m now 8 hours and 180 students in to my poetry workshops at Didcot Girls’ School, with year 9. It’s been brilliant, and there’s still more to come. There has been a vast amount of creativity, imagination and powerful writing in all the sessions. I’ve been lucky enough to work with all groups across theContinue reading “Where my heart lies in the darkness of my safe space: the poetry workshops continue…”

National Poetry Day 2019

With my Didcot Girls’ School Patron of Writing hat on, I had a lot of fun planning a poetry takeover for National Poetry Day. The students explored the life and words of environmental activist, Greta Thunberg, and wrote poems inspired by her, around the theme of climate change. Please enjoy these poems, created by yearContinue reading “National Poetry Day 2019”

Where my heart lies in the darkness of my safe space: creating safe writing spaces in the classroom

How do we change young people’s perceptions about poetry? How do we remove the blocks, the clamps that weigh us down, make us so fearful of writing freely? How can we release the incredible potential of the next generation’s creativity? These are all issues that I seek to open, challenge and address in my poetryContinue reading “Where my heart lies in the darkness of my safe space: creating safe writing spaces in the classroom”