Writing Workshops

My Creative Writing Projects include:

Dramatic Writing Filton Academy, Bristol for Paper Nations (Bath Spa University), Summers 2017 & 2018 (researching models of creative writing in the community and towards developing an MA in Creative Writing Education).

Brilliant Club Tutor 2015-18 across seven South-West Primary and Secondary schools, providing university-style teaching to disadvantaged state school pupils to widen access.

Oaks Collegiate Creative Writing Projects (poetry, prose and dramatic writing) for Birmingham Secondary schools 2006-18. As part of this, co-editor of five writing anthologies.

Creative Writing Workshops for Moving Hands Theatre with Primary schools 2014-17.

Brave New Worlds Story Writing Project with 3 Secondary Schools for the Oaks Collegiate, Birmingham, Summer 2016

Word Olympics Creative Writing Project, Bournville School, Birmingham, Summer 2016

What Can We Do About Internet Bullying? Persuasive Writing GCSE Project, Selly Oak School, Birmingham, Summer 2016

The Balaam Wood Macbeth Playwriting Project with Balaam Wood School, Birmingham, Summer 2016

Benji and the Sandman – Primary School KS1 writing workshops for Moving Hands Theatre Company, Spring 2016

How Does Contemporary Poetry Fit Into Today’s World? University-access development scheme for The Brilliant Club at Tiverton and South Molton Schools, Devon, Spring 2016

Remembrance Project inter-generational poetry writing for Staffordshire Libraries, Nov 14 – Jan 15

 Poetry Society School Placements 2014-15.

Shakespeare Stories playwriting project based on Macbeth and Romeo & Juliet with Year 6, Erdington Hall School Birmingham Winter 2014.

Friendship Fables creative writing project in 5 Birmingham Secondary Schools Summer 2014.

Art In The Heart poetry workshops at 9 arts venues across the West Midlands Summer 2013.

Precious Resources creative writing projects Birmingham Secondary Schools 2012-13.

Drama Writing Workshops with schools for Hoopla Productions 2011-13

Art & The City writing workshops around coin exhibition Barber Institute Spring 2012.

Word Games poetry & performance project based on the Olympics with 5 Birmingham secondary schools Summer 2012.

The Toy Theatre Project, Birmingham Rep 2006-11. Primary Schools across the Midlands.

All Types Of Writing St Osburg’s School, Coventry Jan-June 2011, working with Yrs3-6 to develop creative writing.

Old Story, New Story, intergenerational poetry and story writing with Years 3-6, Red Hall School, Gornal and Age Concern Sedgley with visual artist Ruth Turnbull for TAP Touring 09-10.

Five Gifted & Talented creative writing projects for secondary schools in the Oaks Collegiate, Birmingham 2006-10 each leading to celebration event & publication of work done.

Kaleidoscope Years 3-5 East Park school Wolverhampton 2008-9. Story, poetry and drama writing based on locality. This was a joint project with 2 other writers.

Writing Projects in the West Midlands as part of the Write On scheme 2003-10 include:

3 Plays About The Tudors, Tales of Heroes & Heroines, The Snowman Play, The Journey To Mount Fuji, Rainforest Rhythms, The Four Dragons, Through The Eyes Of A Child, Animal Antics, The Mullah Nasrudin, The Story of Pygmalion, Space Adventures.

Projects at Bilston School: Treasure Island 2006, Anansi Stories (with puppet-maker Ruth Turnbull) 2007, Beowulf (with visual artist Sharon Lovatt) 2008.

Drama Writing Tutor for Transmissions, Bham Rep Young Playwrights’ Scheme 2005-7.

With Theatre Works: poetry for performance KS2 St John and St Monica RC school Birmingham 2008 & The Priory Green Community Plays KS2 Wolverhampton 2006 & 2007.

Other Writing Development Activities include:

Visiting Lecturer in Creative Writing and Reading Film Newman University 2016-18.

Visiting Lecturer in Creative Writing Birmingham University 2004-18.

Visiting Poet Well Versed Scheme: Approaches To Teaching Poetry for Primary School Teachers for PGCE students, Newman College Autumn 2010.

Visiting Lecturer Teacher As Writer Module Birmingham City University Faculty of Education 2009 & 2010 looking at delivering literacy with student teachers.

I am a member of NAWE (the National Association For Writers In Education) and ACA (Action for Children’s Arts).

I have a current DBS Certificate (2018) and Public Liability Insurance.


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