Space and Aliens – Saturday 21st July
Based around poems taken from The Emma Press children’s anthology Watcher of the Skies: Poems About Space and Aliens, Rachel Piercey and John Canfield will run a 90 minute session which involves interactive performances of poems from the anthology and other themed poems. Using worksheets and guided exercises, the children will have their astronomical imaginations fired up like rockets and come away with new facts, new favourite poems, and new work of their own, with the chance to perform at the end. They will explore the stars and the planets; imagine what it’s like to clean your teeth in space and what aliens like to eat. The poems and activities are geared to a range of ages from 6+.
Myths and Monsters – Sunday 20th July
Based around Poems taken from the Emma Press children’s anthology Falling Out of the Sky: Poems About Myths and Monsters, Rachel and John will run a 90 minute session which involves interactive performances of poems from the anthology and other themed poems dealing with mythology and fantastical creatures. From tea with Medusa, to the story of Icarus, local legends from around the country, and becoming a minotaur. Using worksheets and guided exercises, the children will be encouraged to write poems about their own favourite myths and monsters and explore the exciting and terrifying world of mythology. They’ll come away with new favourite poems, and new work of their own, with the chance to perform at the end. The poems and activities are geared to a range of ages from 6+.
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John Canfield lives in London and works at The Poetry School. His poems have appeared in Watcher of the Skies: Poems about Space and Aliens and Falling Out of the Sky: Poems about Myths and Monsters (both Emma Press) which was shortlisted for the CLiPPA children’s poetry award in 2016. He has run workshops in schools across the country including for Pop Up Festivals, a national tour of libraries and museums for Myths and Monsters and he also runs writing and storytelling workshops for the Royal Opera House, and drama workshops for Shakespeare Schools Festival.
Rachel Piercey is a freelance writer, editor and proofreader. She co-edited and contributed to the children’s poetry anthologies Falling Out of the Sky: Poems about Myths and Monsters and Watcher of the Skies: Poems about Space and Aliens, both published by the Emma Press; the former was shortlisted for the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education’s poetry award in 2016. She has taught courses on writing poetry for children for The Poetry School, worked with Pop Up Projects, Poet in the City, Southbank Centre and Green Man Festival, and regularly performs and runs poetry workshops in primary schools. Her poems for adults have been published in The Rialto, Magma, Butcher’s Dog and The Poetry Review, as well as two Emma Press pamphlets and various anthologies. rachelpierceypoet.com