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About

I deliver engaging and interactive performances and/or workshops to schools, nurseries, colleges, universities, libraries, museums, clubs (brownies, scouts, holiday/after-school clubs, etc) and at events. Both in person and virtual (via Microsoft Teams, Zoom, etc).

Workshops are themed and encourage age-appropriate discussions, creative writing, performing and a love of reading.  Bespoke themes can also be arranged.

WORKSHOPS CURRENTLY ON OFFER ARE:

  • I DON’T WANT TO: A fun workshop featuring poetry from my upcoming ‘I Don’t Want To’ children’s poetry book series. Titles include ‘I Don’t Want to Go to Bed’, ‘I Don’t Want to Eat That’ and ‘I Don’t Want to Go to School’. Children will then be encouraged to write their own poem and perform the same (performance tips will be provided) or for younger children write/perform a class poem.
    For: 4 to 11 year olds (EYFS, KS1 & KS2) (Ideal for World Book Day, National Poetry Day, World Poetry Day, National Storytelling Week, etc – where it can be delivered to multiple classes/year groups over 1 – 2 days or even half a day).
    Curriculum Links: English/Literacy, Poetry, Creative Writing, Performing. 
  • POETRY CAN BE ABOUT ANYTHING!: A fun and interactive workshop which shows how poetry can be about anything! It can be silly, a riddle, involve actions/props, tell a story, be about history, war, space, maths, PSHE, etc and even be spooky. The children/adults will then be encouraged to write their own poem and perform the same (performance tips will be provided) or for younger children write/perform a class poem.
    For: 4 year olds to Adults (EYFS, KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4 & Adults) (Ideal for World Book Day, National Poetry Day, World Poetry Day, National Storytelling Week, etc – where it can be delivered to multiple classes/year groups over 1 – 2 days or even half a day).
    Curriculum Links: English/Literacy, Poetry, Creative Writing, Performing. 
  • LEST WE FORGET: An interactive workshop featuring war poetry from my upcoming book ‘Lest We Forget’ (the second in the Conflict Poetry book series). Covering WW1, WW2, more recent conflicts and the role both men and women have played. The children/adults will then be encouraged to write their own war poem and perform the same (performance tips will be provided).
    For: 7 year olds to Adults (KS2, KS3, KS4 & Adults).
    Curriculum Links: War, History, English/Literacy, Poetry, Creative Writing, Performing. 
  • THE TITANIC: An interactive workshop on the tragic sinking of The Titanic featuring my own poems and stories. With a particular focus on the reasons for the sinking, the impact of social class and looking at this tragedy from various points of view. The children/adults will then be encouraged to write their own titanic poem or story and perform the same (performance tips will be provided).
    For: 7 year olds to Adults (KS2, KS3, KS4 & Adults).
    Curriculum Links: History, English/Literacy, Poetry, Creative Writing, Performing.
  • CONFLICT: An interactive workshop featuring age-appropriate conflict poetry from my book ‘Conflict’ (the first in the Conflict Poetry book series). Covering a wide range of internal and external conflicts such as environmental issues, inequality, poverty, illness, mental health, self-harm, addiction, abuse, sexting, grooming, trafficking and literary conflicts. The children/adults will then be encouraged to write their own conflict poem and perform the same (performance tips will be provided).
    For: 9 year olds to Adults (Upper KS2, KS3, KS4 & Adults).
    Curriculum Links: PSHE, English/Literacy, Poetry, Creative Writing, Performing.
  • GUESS THE ANIMAL: A fun, silly and interactive workshop about animals. Where children will hear my popular animal poems and stories and get to guess the animal, pretend to be animals themselves and see and hear animals do silly things – with the help of my animal puppet friends. Children will then be encouraged to add to my poems and stories themselves.
    For: 3 to 6 year olds (Pre-School, EYFS & KS1).
    Curriculum Links: Animals, English/Literacy, Poetry, Creative Writing, Performing.
  • THE ABANDONED HOUSE: A chillingly spooky workshop about ghosts, lonely wolves, abandoned houses and things that go bump in the night, featuring a selection of my spookier poems and stories. The children will then be encouraged to write their own spooky poem or story and perform the same (performance tips will be provided) or for younger children write/perform a class poem.
    For: 6 to 11 year olds (Upper KS1 & KS2).
    Curriculum Links: English/Literacy, Poetry, Creative Writing, Performing.
  • I WANT TO BE AN ENGINEER: A fun and interactive workshop that tackles the stereotypes of engineers and encourages all genders to consider/pursue engineering and STEM subjects as a whole. Covering different types of engineer, engineers portrayed in film and television, famous/inspirational engineers and a selection of engineering inventions/innovations. They will then be encouraged to write their own personification poem/riddle about engineering inventions/innovations and perform the same (performance tips will be provided).
    For: 6 to 11 year olds (Upper KS1 & KS2) (Ideal for STEM week).
    Curriculum Links: STEM, Engineering, English/Literacy, Poetry, Creative Writing, Performing.

You can book one particular workshop for the whole school, or individual workshops for individual year groups/classes. Or a mixture – the choice is yours!

Please visit the Author Visits page on my website for more details about the workshops I offer, as well as for testimonials and feedback from children.

(www.amjames.co.uk/author-visits)

Additional details

  • Organisations:Professional Member of the NAWE (National Association of Writers in Education).
  • Maximum number per session:I have worked with as few as 5 and as many as 300. I can work with whole classes, year groups or even the whole school for assemblies.
  • No of sessions per day:2 or 3 for a half-a-day visit & 4 or 5 for a full day visit.
  • Session length:About an hour (so are ideal for a lesson - they can be shorter for younger children or assemblies). They can also include a brief Q&A session.
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  • Titles include:Conflict (the 1st in the Conflict Poetry Book series), I Don't Want to Go to Bed (the 1st in the 'I Don't Want To' Children's Poetry Book series)

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