Make Poetry Happen in Your Classroom!

Saturday 18th April 2015   10.30am – 1pm

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A practical workshop on new approaches to writing, performing & listening to poetry. Literacy and English teachers & poetry workshop leaders welcome

Nottingham Writers’ Studio, 25 Hockley, Nottingham NG1 1FH.

Cost: £5 including refreshments

To book a place on the workshop go to

You will find out much more about Making Poetry Happen and participate in lively poetry making activities focusing on poetry writing, slam workshops and performance, listening to poetry and the Gothic. All the activities are suitable for use in a variety of contexts with KS2 – Post-16 students and adults. There will also be a Five Leaves Poetry bookshop at the event with copies of Making Poetry Happen on sale at a discount and a range of other poetry titles.

Workshop leaders are:

  • Ash Dickinson, UK and international multiple slam champion and poetry workshop leader. His Slinky Espadrilles is published by Burning Eye Books.
  • Brenda Ainsley, Secondary English teacher at Sir William Robertson Academy, Lincolnshire and author of ‘Gothic Poetry’ chapter in Making Poetry Happen.
  • Sue Dymoke, poet, teacher educator, NWS member and Reader in Education at the University of Leicester 

The workshop will draw on successful practices which grew out of the Poetry Matters ESRC seminars and appear in Making Poetry Happen: transforming the poetry classroom (edited by Sue Dymoke, Myra Barrs, Andrew Lambirth and Anthony Wilson and published by Bloomsbury in January 2015).


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