Schools & Libraries
Although I currently live in Brittany (a delightfully “Welsh” part of France!) I return to my roots in Wales two or three times each year to work with schools, libraries and colleges, helping children, students and adults realise their story-writing potential.
I have also facilitated INSET twilight sessions for teachers in teaching writing and story-telling and before my move to France ran several long-running and successful Creative Writing adult education courses in various centres in Cardiff and the Forest of Dean as well as co-tutoring a week-long course for Y6 children at Ty Newydd, (www.tynewydd.wales) the Taliesin Trust National writing centre in North Wales. I have an MA in the Teaching and Practice of Creative Writing and a PhD in Creative Writing – during which time I tutored both undergraduate and post-graduate students.
When I visit schools, for Reception and KS1 children I tell stories and we “talk-a-story” using their contributions and suggestions; for KS2 and KS3, I facilitate workshops in story, poetry or play-writing, give talks on writing and hold question and answer sessions. I am also happy to work with older students engaged in creative writing modules for GCSE and A-level, and can talk to adults/undergraduates /secondary school students about my writing and historical research. Because of Covid I have been unable to visit schools for a time, but have done several on-line Q & A sessions with both Welsh and English schools – which were great fun, both despite and because of, technology!
At one time, my visits could be part-subsidised by making a timely application to Literature Wales. However, Literature Wales’ “Writers on Tour” scheme is currently “in hibernation” while Literature Wales is awaiting information about funding and planning an update. As soon as the scheme emerges from hibernation, I’ll update this information.
To see more useful information with reference to the Literature Wales scheme, the following useful links are available:-
I live in France but always pay my own ferry costs to the UK, plus port-to-accommodation travel and most of my accommodation costs, unless a visit means a one or two-night stay somewhere other than “home base”. For a half-day session, I charge rather more than half the daily rate because a second school visit on the same day is not possible. Fees are, however, reduced for a full week’s residency in one school. I also charge travel expenses from my temporary base to the school (if it’s more than 10 miles) and a very small contribution towards my accommodation.
I try to be in Wales each year for the week of World Book Day: this is invariably fully booked very quickly once the visit is publicised. My second visit of the year is usually late September/early October, but I am happy to visit at any time if you would like to have me for a week. Please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
I am also happy to visit schools outside Wales – I have enjoyed visiting schools on the Welsh borders and also in Northern Ireland and South-East England – including an entire Book Week at a Primary School in Essex. I am prepared and happy to visit schools in the South of England provided it is for a full week.
Issue date 08/07/2021