I am an award-winning children's author, comedy performance poet and entertainer - with a 25-year background in communication management and mentoring - using fun poetry writing and performance workshops to develop literacy, confidence, creativity and communications skills in 3-103 yr olds.
I make language accessible for the least engaged and stretch the most able. I have worked in all 33 London Boroughs and many other UK cities.
My performance experience covers 25 years in West End comedy clubs, theatres, arts centres etc including six years hosting and running my own comedy and spoken word venue.
I am available for any kind of poetry-related bookings e.g. assembly performances, writing and/or performance workshops, presentations, entertainment, Q&As, book sales and signings etc. I spend most days in primary or secondary schools with whole classes, able writers, reluctant readers, EAL, SEN etc.
I also have extensive experience of working with adults, senior citizens, teen offenders and in areas of homelessness, learning difficulties, mental health, 'drugs & alcohol', brain injury, those in care, families at risk, refugees and many more.
I have a full current DBS and £2m public liability insurance.
See www.cccpworkshops.co.uk for more info and, if you're not sure I'll do a good job for you, please see my 'Reviews' section on my site.
I work with anyone: whole classes, G&T, reluctant readers, EAL, SEN, families etc. Working with me could include:
One Day Visit - All ages, working with numerous classes or target groups running 1-2 hour poetry writing workshops and an assembly or year performance. Price: £350/day + travel
G&T Poetry Masterclass - Whole-day, in-depth workshop for 30-40 students, yr3-sixth form, covering planning, writing, editing, performance plus a Q&A with me. Price: £350 + travel
Literacy Booster - Fun poetry writing workshops for whole classes or target groups e.g. hard to engage boys. Prices: £140/60mins or £170/90mins + travel, ideally over a series of sessions.
Poetry Slam - All-day fun performance poetry competition, whole-school or whole-year events. Price: £350/day + travel
Books Sale & Signings (as part of visit) – My many children's poetry books are listed below, all £6 or £7 signed/dedicated from me (plus p+p if required). They are available direct from me, from all regular bookshop, school and library suppliers, Amazon etc
INSETS - Please email me for details
Residencies - A more planned approach to using me that gives you generous discounts and helps me make more of a difference in your school. Ask for more details.
In addition to the books below I have two more in production with my publisher