School Workshops & Arts Award (2013 – )

One of the most rewarding aspects of my work is creating work with young people and emerging writers, providing opportunities for them to develop and showcase their work as artists in their own right. I currenrly run workshops and poetry projects for young people, including extra-curricular young writers’ sessions, workshops in primary and secondary schools, and Arts Award.

I’ve now been running writing workshops for young & emerging writers for over a decade, for CityRead, the Barbican, the Wordsworth Trust, New Writing North, North Pennines AONB Partnership, Prism Arts, Eden Arts, in schools, and online.

If you’d like me to work with your school / young writers, get in touch!

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Barrow Island Primary School - work with New Writing North and Katie Hale

I have been delivering young people’s workshops professionally since 2013, and before that ran student workshops at both University of St Andrews and Royal Holloway, University of London. I have worked in schools across Cumbria, working with organisations such as Eden Arts, The Wordsworth Trust, and New Writing North.

I also work with schools and other organisations to help them look for funding to run writing workshops for children and young people.

I run workshops for KS2 right through to sixth form.

I am trained to deliver and assess Arts Award at Discover & Explore levels, and I am attached to the Wordsworth Trust as an Arts Award Centre.

In 2016, I facilitated over 100 pupils of Shap and Clifton Primary Schools to achieve Arts Award Discover, and worked with over 200 young people to achieve Arts Award Discover through the Wordsworth Trust. Since then I have worked with hundreds more children to achieve Arts Award at Discover and Explore levels.

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“Shap Primary poems are innocent & direct & simple and so good.”
– Visitor feedback card, Beneath The Boughs

“My daughter loved the workshop. She’s been writing poems every night since you came into school.”
– Parent

“a super cool project”
Inklight (Cafe Poetry)

“The best poetry reading I’ve ever been to!”
– audience member (Poetry by the Lake: young poets in residence)

Examples of children’s work:

In 2017, I ran a number of workshops for New Writing North, in Monkwray Junior School, Barrow Island Community School, and St Bede’s Catholic Primary School. We learned about similes, kennings and Anglo-Saxon poetry, and the children wrote list poems about themselves, and riddles about animals.


In 2013, as part of Beneath The Boughs poetry installation, I ran poetry workshops in a sixth form class of English students at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Penrith, and in a year 5/6 class at Shap Church of England Primary School. In the secondary school workshop, we looked at dramatic monologues and the personification of animals. In the primary school, we looked at metaphor and the relationship between concrete and abstract nouns.

Here are a few of the images created by the Shap School children (yr 5/6) for their poems:

‘Excitement sounds like splashes.’

‘Hope sounds like somebody whistling.’

‘Sadness sounds as quiet as a lonely broken down house.’

‘Discovery is silent but opens slowly.’

The poetry created was then displayed alongside the work of more established and emerging poets as part of the installation at Lowther Castle.

Creative writing workshop in school for Beneath The Boughs poetry exhibition
~ work created during a workshop in Shap Primary School ~
Creative writing workshop in school for Beneath The Boughs poetry exhibition
~ the work on display ~