Date: Tuesday 12th July
Price: £15.00 / £10.00
Teaching Poetry & Creative Writing at Key Stage 3 & 4
This workshop will provide a range of fun and practical strategies for immediate use in the classroom. We will look at a range of canonical and contemporary poets and a wide range of approaches and subjects, from monologues to description, the family to pop culture.
Poetry can give us a world of nature and history, people and place, but it can also offer a route into all the surreal power of the imagination, as well as the empowerment of self-expression. By the end of this session, you should have a range of lesson ideas to excite your students tomorrow, as well as hopefully having written a poem or two yourselves!
Jonathan Edwards was born and brought up in Crosskeys, south Wales. He has an MA in Writing from the University of Warwick, has written speeches for the Welsh Assembly Government and journalism for The Big Issue Cymru, and currently works as an English teacher. He won the Terry Hetherington Award in 2010, was awarded a Literature Wales new writer’s bursary in 2011, and in 2012 won prizes in the Cardiff International Poetry Competition and the Basil Bunting Award. His work has appeared in a wide range of magazines, including Poetry Review, The North, Poetry Wales and New Welsh Review. His poetry collection, My Family and Other Superheroes, won the Costa Poetry Award 2014. His second collection Gen was published in 2019.