Brenda Read-Brown

Gloucestershire Poet Laureate, 2012-2013

Working with Children

• Writer with Write On! Writing Squads for young people in Hereford, 2010-13.

  • Selected as one of four lead poets for the West Midlands region in the National Shake the Dust  project – slam poetry with teenagers. My group won the regional final and appeared at the national final in July 2012.
  • Resident poet at Windale Community Primary School, Oxford; a Creative Partnerships project combining science, bushcraft and poetry, 2011.
  • Poet with Well Versed, working with a trainee poet and two trainee teachers, in the West Midlands, 2011.
  • Writer / researcher for Cheltenham Literature Festival Children of Gloucestershire project, 2010.
  • Writer / researcher with Cheltenham Music Festival Sing East, Sing West  project, May-June 2009; working with children to develop linking script.
  • Writer in East Park school, Wolverhampton, autumn 2008 – spring 2009, specialising in journalistic writing.

• Slam workshops and grand slam with young people in Dorset, August 2008.
• Writer with Cheltenham Music Festival Reasons for Singing project, May-June 2008; working with children to develop linking script.
• Writer in residence with St Martins Primary School, Reading; creative writing for Gifted and Talented pupils, spring 2008.
• Writer (rap workshops) with Cheltenham Music Festival Amerisong project, May-June 2007, and with Amerisong project, Swindon, October 2007.
• Ran school writing club and wrote educational material about school writing clubs for BBC Everybody Writes website, March 2007.
• Writer with Write On! project, in association with Birmingham Book Festivals, 2006 – present., working with school pupils of all ages (9 school residencies to date).
• Resident poet in local schools as part of Stroud Diversity Festival, May-June 2003.

• Writer with Magic Garden cross-disciplinary project run by Reading Arts for year 3 pupils at four schools; working with composer and drama practitioner; November 2006.
• Writer in residence for Age Concern intergenerational project, May – October 2005, culminating in a performance at Cheltenham Literature Festival. This included older people, and two groups of younger people, aged 10-11 and 14-15.
• Practitioner for play-in-a-day project with John Masefield School, Ledbury; 2005.
• Poet in schools with Poetry in Motion project for The Courtyard Arts Centre, Hereford, January 2006.
• Writer in Residence for Dorset, October 2005 – June 2006. This included running 6 full days of creative writing workshops for children and young people. • Poet with intergenerational projects, Tewkesbury museums / schools, 2004-5.
• Writer for NESA JustArt combined arts project, working with young offenders, February – June 2004.
• Writer / project co-ordinator for Reading Arts’ Young Reviewers Project, January-July, 2004 (continued to Phase 2, October 2004 – June 2006), working with teenagers.

• Writer / animateur for schools’ songs project with the Brodsky String Quartet, autumn 2002 – spring 2003.
• Followed up Bath Festival workshop by mentoring a young poet over three months.
• Many creative writing, songwriting, poetry and performance workshops for Key stage 1, 2, 3 and 4 children, including schools in Gloucestershire, Worcestershire, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, Somerset, Herefordshire, Berkshire, Birmingham, and in Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum (2002, 2003), and the Elgar Museum (2004)

One response to “Working with Children

  1. Hannah Easthope says:

    I am looking for a tutor for a child in my class as part of a gifted writers project. I wondered if you would be able to help with this? Thank you.

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