New poem up at ‘Slippage Lit’

Huge thanks to Admir and Jacob for featuring my poem ‘rip’ over at Slippage Lit. The poem explores the night of the Manchester Arena attacks in 2017 when I sat scrolling through facebook as news of the attack began to filter through from friends living on the other side of the city. For the full text click on the poem below.

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Workshops at Beacon Festival, June 2019

I had a brilliant time at Beacon Festival back this June teaching poetry workshops to groups very different from my usual undergraduate students: kids!

I planned a really great session based around the senses as a starting point for a poem and we had some wonderful results which the students all read up on the Literary Tent stage.

One student in particular told me he hated writing so I suggested he draw his images instead and I was shocked to find that once he’s used art to generate his ideas, he then translated these into text quite easily. His mum was flabbergasted, too. It just goes to show how useful creative practice is for formulating ideas and helping children to access learning tasks. Shame the government aren’t catching on in their policy making!