Sessions for Secondary Schools

Workshop was well-structured and timings were effective… all aspects of the day were excellent and a very worthwhile experience.
Teacher, after session with S3 class

I can run sessions on topics including
• Writing Out Of Doors – writing poems about locality outwith the classroom
• On the flyleaf – using reading experiences to write poems drawing together personal experience and public discourse
• What am I? – looking at how one thing can be described in terms of another, as riddles and metaphors

Recent projects include

A (digital) visit from Boswell and Johnson, with artists ~in the fields and pupils at Lochgilphead High School, making graphic novel versions of episodes from Boswell and Johnson’s 1773 ‘Tour to the Hebrides’, 2015

Abbotsford, touring the gardens and new Visitor Centre at Sir Walter Scott’s home with S2 pupils from Galashiels Academy, followed up by writing workshops, 2012

Milosz 2011, reading and writing sessions for secondary schools focussing on poems by Czeslaw Milosz (1911-2004), the Nobel Prize winning Polish poet, 2011

Patriotism, Privations and Peace, a workshop for secondary schools based on the letters of Amelia Laws, who worked as a nurse in France during the First World War, WORD Festival, Aberdeen, 2010

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