To Sea in a Sieve: Writing Poems for Children (Autumn 2017)

To Sea in a Sieve: Writing Poems for Children (Autumn 2017)

Set sail on an adventure to craft poems for young audiences.

Children’s poetry is joyful, but also crucial: it supports literacy, creativity and self-expression, and promotes a sense of wonder about words and the world. It is also a total delight to write and perform; there’s nothing like an audience of children listening, laughing or chanting back at you. On this course we will be sharing our favourite children’s poems and discovering new ones, from writers including Roald Dahl, Edward Lear, Eleanor Farjeon, Rachel Rooney, Joseph Coelho, Naomi Shihab Nye and Kate Wakeling, plus a selection from the Emma Press children’s poetry anthologies Space and Aliens and Myths and Monsters. We will explore questions of complexity versus accessibility, subject matter, linguistic play, form and presentation. We will write new poems each fortnight using a range of styles, forms and themes – serious/silly, quick/epic, formal/free, informative/ridiculous. We will also talk about writing poems with a view to performance and editing with a young reader in mind. You bring the Owl, and a useful Cart, and I’ll bring the Rice, and a Cranberry Tart… (This is a repeat of a course that has run previously)

5 fortnightly sessions over 10 weeks. Live chats on Mondays, 7-9pm GMT, first live chat starting 2 October.

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About Rachel Piercey View Profile

Rachel Piercey is a poet and editor for adults and children. The anthology Falling Out of the Sky: Poems about Myths and Monsters (Emma Press, 2015), which she co-edited with Emma Wright, was shortlisted for the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education’s annual children’s poetry award in 2016. You can see Rachel reading her poems from the anthology and discussing her approach to children’s poetry on the CLPE website. In 2016 she co-edited children’s poetry anthology Watcher of the Skies: Poems about Space and Aliens with the Emma Press, and she was also the editor of Kate Wakeling’s Moon Juice, which won the CLPE’s children’s poetry award for 2017. Rachel regularly runs performances and workshops in schools and at festivals. Her poems for adults have recently appeared in The Rialto, Poems in Which, Magma and The Poetry Review.

'Rachel was most excellent. I found no fault with her approach, interaction and her creativity on the course. Very engaging and would recommend the course to people if it was run in the future.'

Spring 2017 Online Survey response

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