We’re in this together #LetsDoThisKids – 4

It was a warm ‘welcome back’ to my DGS young writers this week (and welcome back to you too, if you’re following this Blog. I really appreciate it). It was time to assert the ethos of this mentoring programme: it’s all about WE. Not ME. Part of the purpose of meeting together is to includeContinue reading “We’re in this together #LetsDoThisKids – 4”

“So, let’s start with your name. And why you are here.” #LetsDoThisKids – 3

No. This is not an AA meeting. This was how we kicked off the Writers’ Mentoring Programme at Didcot Girls’ School this week – an initiative that has grown out of the poetry workshops I led last term with around 250 year 9 and 10 students. As it’s a New Year (and all that) pleaseContinue reading ““So, let’s start with your name. And why you are here.” #LetsDoThisKids – 3”

#LetsDoThisKids – 2 (Or: what I’d like to show you after one week of student workshops)

So, what does happen when we give young people a few simple writing tools and FREEDOM ? I’m excited to be able to share snippets of work that some brilliant 13 and 14 year old writers at Didcot Girls’ School have created this week. (And I should add that these are drafts produced in aContinue reading “#LetsDoThisKids – 2 (Or: what I’d like to show you after one week of student workshops)”

An emerald forest of a book: A Review of Pascale Petit’s poetry collection, ‘Mama Amazonica’

If you’ve been bewitched by ‘Blue Planet 2’, incredulous at its scale of underwater life, shocked by its prey and predators, then be prepared to be equally transported by the poetry in ‘Mama Amazonica’. Petit’s collection is an emerald forest of a book. The power of Petit’s poetry here, I think, lies in her graftingContinue reading “An emerald forest of a book: A Review of Pascale Petit’s poetry collection, ‘Mama Amazonica’”

#Letsdothiskids – Discoveries of a school Patron of Writing

I’m reeling. I’ve just been reading the creative writing of a bunch of 11 and 12 year olds. Original, compelling, artistically adventurous writing. Here’s a flavour: I’m summer, I’m winter, I’m everything it seems. Emily W Year 7 She is a record player, playing softly as everyone dances. She smells like warm leather but onContinue reading “#Letsdothiskids – Discoveries of a school Patron of Writing”

A Happy Clearing

There has been some movement in my head. One way to describe this might be to say that, for months, I’ve been a bit like someone trying to take a stroll through a deep jungle, as if it were my local High Street. Which is, of course, impossible and ridiculous. I’ve been hacking away atContinue reading “A Happy Clearing”