I visit schools, libraries, bookshops and community centres all around the country, reading and performing my poems. I have worked with The Poetry Society, Pop Up Projects and Poet in the City, among many others. My events are always designed to empower children to use their imaginations and express themselves. A visit typically involves a performance in assembly followed by several class workshops. These include a dynamic, participatory performance, a chat about poetry, writing a group poem together and/or sparking off individual poems, and feedback on creative ideas.

I can tailor my workshops to suit each school’s requirements and time constraints. Contact me to find out more.

“Thank you very much indeed Rachel for giving us such a lovely day, it was a real pleasure to see the way that you engaged with the students and I know from their teachers (and a few of the kids that I saw after school) that they picked up and ran with some of your ideas straight away back in class. The work that you chose to do with everyone was pitched perfectly too and that is a real skill.” School Librarian, 2020

“Rachel gave us self-confidence to perform and creativity to write a better poem. Now I think poetry is exciting! You can structure a poem in many different ways and I like that! You can put word patterns, rhymes, repetition, onomatopoeia, similes and metaphors. You can write amusing poems and it can help you expand your vocabulary. There’s no right or wrong!” Year 6 Student, 2018

“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.” Year 5 Teacher, 2017

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© Rachel Piercey 2020