Rachel has visited schools, libraries, bookshops and community centres all around the country, reading and performing her work. Her events are always designed to empower children to use their imaginations and express themselves. A workshop typically involves a dynamic, participatory performance, a chat about poetry, writing a group poem together and / or sparking off individual poems, and feedback on creative ideas.
She can tailor her workshops to suit each school’s requirements and time constraints. Contact her to find out more.
Rachel often uses poems from the anthologies she has co-edited.
“Rachel worked with our Year 5 classes, running workshops which were both school based and also at the Mall Galleries. Her love of poetry is infectious. An enthusiastic, yet calm and structured approach allowed our children to respond to paintings and poems in such a way that the quality of their own writing improved significantly. Children were encouraged to use all of their senses, to notice the finer details of a poem or a painting and to make links with other ideas or knowledge. All the children’s contributions were valued. A good balance between collaborative and individual learning was achieved. Above all the children were proud of the poems they had written during the workshops. They came away with a very positive experience of poetry and poetry writing.”
Jo Girling, Year 5 Class Teacher, 2017
“Rachel is a natural at engaging and encouraging children. Her event with us was a great success and we’d welcome her back any time!”
The Alligator’s Mouth children's bookshop, 2016