Kate Clanchy, Raymond Antrobus, Peter Kahn & six young poets
Teachers seeking to increase their students’ confidence, communication skills and enjoyment of language through poetry often ask us where to start.
Our response? Start with yourself, and meet other people who are finding new ways through exactly these questions.
People like “super-teacher” Kate Clanchy, our Education Adviser, who has 20 years of experience helping young people to find their voices by introducing them to the best contemporary poetry. And Peter Kahn, her Chicago equivalent, whose focus on Spoken Word in the classroom has been credited with changing the lives of young teachers and students on both sides of the Atlantic, including that of Raymond Antrobus, the first poet to win the £30,000 Rathbones Folio Prize.
Thanks to Arts Council England, we are offering FOUR free online Zoom workshops between 28 September and 2 October (the week of National Poetry Day): two with Kate, and one each with Raymond and Peter, plus…on National Poetry Day October 1, a Young Poets Showcase with six of Kate and Peter’s students from Oxford and Chicago, emceed by Raymond.
Workshop Series 28 Sept – 2 Oct
These workshops are designed to help trainee and NQT teachers, but anyone – teacher, poet, poet educator, student, youth leader – is welcome. Please register for each one separately as places are limited: just click on the yellow links below & email us with any queries.
Each session takes place at 4:30 – 6:00 pm BST
Monday, 28 Sept: Kate Clanchy – A Safe Space for Poetry
How do you encourage self expression without risking trauma? Teacher and Orwell Prize winning writer leads a workshop in which participants will write their own poems.
Tuesday, 29 Sept: Raymond Antrobus – Poems to Empower
Multi-award winning poet and leading teacher Raymond Antrobus shows you the power of poems that reflect different identities, and where to find them
Wednesday, 30 Sept: Peter Kahn – Spoken Word for Student Engagement
The best known teacher practitioner in the US shows you some of the techniques he uses to transform lives in a school just west of Chicago
Thursday, 1 Oct: Young Poets Showcase on Leena Norms’ 24 Hour Poetry Lock-In (Instagram Live) Compered by Raymond Antrobus
Inspirational young poets demonstrate what poetry can do in a life – and what the life in a poem can generate. Outspoken Award winner Mukahang Limbu, First Story National Prize winner Aisha Borja plus social media phenomenon Linnet Drury will perform with Kyla Pereles and Morgan Varnado and Nicholas Berry, young stars from the US coached by Peter Kahn. Stand by for details.
Friday, 2 Oct: Kate Clanchy – Your Poetry, Your Life, Your School
The culminating creative workshop in this series: a chance to ask questions and share answers about keeping creativity going in a teacher’s life.
Essential Further Reading – for teachers and poetry-lovers
Kate Clanchy is a teacher, writer and broadcaster and education advisor to the Forward Arts Foundation, which awards the annual Forward Prizes for Poetry for the best poetry of the year. 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 latest book How to Grow Your Own Poem is out now with Picador. She has also created a special 50 page teacher resource – From Poem to Poem, a Creative Writing Guide to the Forward Prizes. Order a copy for £5 by clicking the image below.
The Poetry Possibility is a Kate Clanchy project for Forward Arts Foundation, funded by Arts Council England