School visits

popup-logoI visit lots of schools and run Creative Writing sessions with young people in libraries, museums, Young Offenders Institutions and in tents.
This year I’ve worked in The Priory School Hitchin, The Bridge Academy, Haggerston, and Sarah Bonnell in Stratford, as well as Hackney Libraries, Lancashire Libraries, and the Discover Centre in Stratford which is my new favourite place.
I have been writer in residence at Cardinal Pole Secondary school in Hackney and in Heathcote School in Stevenage (but not at the same time).
Other schools I have worked in include, Gainsborough School, Mossbourne School, The Phoenix School, Henrietta Barnett School, King Edward Camp Hill School Birmingham, Coulsden Sixth Form College and the Mulberry School.
As a bit of a school failure myself I have found ways to make writing accessible and interesting. like to show people ways of getting their own stories out rather than read my own work. We do instant characters, how to cook up stories and occasionally mind reading.
galleryI am happy to do talks about books too and have various powerpoint accompanied talks about black history, Nest of Vipers, and Brave New Girl.
A whole day visit will usually involve a maximum of four workshops or talks and I am happy to work with all abilities and ages between nine and 18.
I have also worked with teenagers in Albania for the British Council where I had a wonderful time in Tirana.
I have been involved in Young Cultural Creators, the project that started with London libraries and the Tates Britain and Modern. These meant running workshops and making stories in the galleries in front of paintings you can find out more at their website – www.youngculturalcreators.com.
I have lots of references from satisfied schools and libraries and if you are interested in getting me to visit you can get in touch with me here and I will get back to you with my rates and availability.
The mind reading is optional.
logoI have taught Creative Writing to adults at Kingston University, London Metropolitan University, and at the Groucho Club in London.
I am also a mentor on the Adventures in Fiction scheme.