Education Work

Andy has worked extensively with schools, museums, and other organisations delivering poetry, writing, and performance skills workshops.

In 2012, Andy coached a team of students from Sheringham High School over a number of weeks as part of the national Shake The Dust youth poetry slam competition. The team were the highest-scoring team at their Regional Final and were awarded the prize for Best Line at the National Final at the South Bank Centre.  Andy will be working further with schools in the East region in 2013 with a follow-up project entitled Slam in a Box!

Andy can offer a range of options, from 60 minute workshops to longer projects that take place over a number of weeks. Students are encouraged to look at poetry in the context of live performance, and challenge any preconceptions they may have about poetry. Workshops will usually cover subjects like metre, rhyme, form, imagery, and metaphor, but will also involve simple and enjoyable writing exercises to inspire creativity. Longer workshops can also incorporate performance time at the end of the session where the basics of stage performance are discussed.

Andy has worked for agencies such as Apples & Snakes and Writers’ Centre Norwich, and directly with schools across the East. Excellent references are available on request.

“The commitment and standard of work Andy has achieved with students is nothing short of brilliant. I have had complete confidence in him as a practitoner and have been consistently impressed with his ability to engage their commitment, creativity and sense of fun.” Kathryn Flynn, Arts College Director, Sheringham High School

“If you had told me before this project started that my son and his best friend would spend hours on a computer, not playing games, but writing, arguing over construction of language, discussing words and their impact, totally loving every minute, I would not have believed you. Working with Andy has been brilliant. The change in my son’s appreciation of written and spoken language is immense. Thank you” Parent

“You read actual books? Student

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