(10) Daydreams and Jellybeans:
A free poetry workshop for
children age 7-11
Saturday 17th April | 10am-11am | Free
From forgotten jellybeans to sparking daydreams, Alex’s poems, written for primary school age children, are both funny and thoughtful, and aim to spark familiarity and inclusion. We’ll screen-share some of the illustrations from Katy Riddell which focus on the fun and dreamlike quality of the poems’ engagement with the natural world. These poems use rhyme, rhythm and free verse and are ideally suited to performance, nurturing a love of language, reading, confidence and self-expression. Participants will be encouraged to write their own poems. Children are asked to bring pen, paper and their imaginations!
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Alex Wharton is an award-winning writer and performer of poetry. In 2020, he won The Wales Rising Stars Award launched by Literature Wales and Firefly Press. He has been published in The Caterpillar, National Literacy trust, The Outposted Project, Wales Haiku Journal, Hedgerow and The Reading Realm. Alex has tutored for Ty Newydd Writing Centre and wrote a commissioned poem for the Future Leaders of Wales Graduation Ceremony. His debut collection of children’s poems Daydreams and Jellybeans was published in January 2021. Alex presents writing workshops and enjoys visiting schools nationwide to perform and create poetry.
Image: Jake Cox