In this experimental, place-based writing workshop you will try out different ways of creating poetry focused on Beeston.
Widening the poetryscope: in exploring how their anthology is constructed, students should be encouraged to widen what I would like to call their poetryscopes… they should argue over how they might edit or rearrange the classroom anthology that they are studying…
And here’s another very short poem film First Blood which links with the National Poetry Day theme of Truth. This piece was the first that I have filmed and edited … Continue reading
Thanks to the brilliant Rebecca Goldsmith for springing my poem Roaming Range right off the page so wonderfully. All children need to be able to roam, to find their own … Continue reading
I’m looking forward to reading at the Slow Dancer Press celebration this week (Thurs 17th October, 7pm) at The Wheatsheaf, Rathbone Place, London W1T 1JB. Capacity is limited so book … Continue reading
It is my honour to pay tribute to one of the dearest writer friends I have known: Stanley Middleton. Today, Thursday 1st August 2019, marks the centenary of his birth and a plaque will be unveiled on the house in Caledon Road, Sherwood which was the family home for over forty eight years.
Our Hair comes the Science Bit project team participated in the British Science Festival in Coventry on a very lively Friday night. We were really pleased to engage so many people in creative, scientific discussions about hair. Visitors viewed strands of hair under the microscope, asked questions about its structure, talked to our resident genetics and psychology experts about hair related issues, explored hair advertising, took a VR journey into keratin and visited me, the Poetdresser, in the Rock ‘n’ Roller parlour, to write collaborative poems about their hair.
On 13th Sept I’ll be at the British Science Festival in FarGo village, Coventry with University of Leicester science colleagues. From 17.00 – 20.00 we’ll be based in two hair salons: Rock ‘n’ Roller Parlour and Dashing Blades for: Hair comes the science bit. Come and have a hair raising time with us!
‘Collaborative Research between UK and Japan on Poetry Writing Pedagogy in the Global Age: Trialling Poetry Writing Workshop techniques now published in The Science of Reading. vol.61, No.2., July 2019, pages: 97-109.
It’s been a moon filled month and for a certified moon geek like me, who wrote her first poem about the moon in the weeks of excitement that summer in 1969, it has been a blast. First there was the fantastic Apollo 11 film directed by Todd Douglas Miller and there’s always been moon-related poetry to inspire us.