NEW: workshop with Kate Clanchy, for teachers and poetry-lovers
Teachers seeking new ways to increase their students’ confidence, communication skills and enjoyment of language through poetry regularly ask us where to start.
Kate Clanchy is the perfect guide, with 20 years of experience helping young people to find their voice by introducing them to the best contemporary poetry. Her students at a challenging comprehensive in east Oxford have won innumerable awards for their poetry: their achievements, as writers and performers, testifies to her belief that writing poetry comes as naturally as breathing, given the right encouragement.
She has created a special 50 page resource – From Poem to Poem, a Creative Writing Guide to the Forward Prizes – which you can order below while you count down the days to the next special Kate Clanchy workshop on Thursday 16 July, at 6pm.
Kate Clanchy is a teacher, writer and broadcaster and education advisor to the Forward Arts Foundation.
Philip Pullman describes her recent memoir, Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me as ‘the best book on teachers and children and writing that I’ve ever read’. She also edited England, Poems from a School, an anthology of poems by students at Oxford Spires Academy, which Michael Rosen recommended as ‘a must: an explosion of moments, feelings, thoughts and images’ for ‘anyone interested in poetic, profound pictures of what it means to be young to have arrived, to be living here.’
Her new book How to Grow Your Own Poem is published by Picador in September.