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Workshops & Talks

Over the last fifteen years I have taught creative writing (poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction) for the Adult Education Service, the WEA, and the University of Kent. In 2004 the University awarded me the Faculty of Humanities Teaching Prize for innovative and inspiring practices in the teaching of poetry, the first creative writing tutor ever to receive the prize.
 
I have also designed and delivered writing and performance workshops, Inset Day courses for the Kent County Council, and inspirational workshops for students between 6 and 16 years, teachers and educators at schools in the south east of England and Wales. 


Greatness & Gratitude Workshop for Year 6 
The Stories of Hands with Year 2
I have also delivered presentations and interactive talks to academic audiences, local history groups, The Womens' Institute and The Townswomens' Guild and would be delighted to speak to your group in Kent or South Wales. 


Discussing Real Port Talbot with Peter Finch

If you have any questions please contact me here.

Some testimonials:

My genuine response is that not only are you gifted but you have the ability to imprint your knowledge with clarity and enthusiasm, and your love of words is inspiring…

…within three months I went from wondering whether I could write poetry at all, to knowing that I had found the new direction that I wanted for my future life.

I have been on some writing courses (at Arvon and Cheltenham Festival) which were excellent – but nothing like as good as what you provided, encompassed and stimulated last night.

And perhaps the best testimonial any writing coach can ever ask for, from C. age 10:

This is the best thing I've ever done.

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