Engaging Young People With Poetry


Poetry has for years been an effective way of engaging young people with language, literacy and a wealth of other subjects – as well as offering a chance to develop creativity and self-expression.

Supported by the British Council in partnership with Writers’ Centre Norwich, UK as part of the International Literature Showcase and programmed in partnership with the National Poetry Library, Spread the Word is running a one-off professional development session on ‘Engaging Young People with Poetry.’ This will be delivered by two highly experienced poet-facilitators from across the globe – Pooja Nansi, Youth Poet Ambassador for Singapore and the Young People’s Laureate for London, Caleb Femi.

On 5 February, from 6:30-830pm Caleb and Pooja will lead a two-hour long workshop will look to improve writers’ skills in working with young people in all manner of settings. The workshop is aimed at poets and writers who have some experience working with young people but would like to develop their practice. It will take place at the National Poetry Library at Royal Festival Hall and is free to attend.

Please email Tom MacAndrew tom@spreadtheword.org.uk if you would like to attend, detailing your experience of work with young people to date. Places will be offered on a first-come first served basis to those who fit the experience level. We aim to respond within 5 working days of receiving your email to let you know if you have a place.


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