Writing Eco Poetry
What is an eco poem and how do you start writing one? Marvin Thompson, poet and teacher, introduces eco-poetry in his video, with accompanying lesson outline and downloadable presentation resource.
Writing for Performance
What is a performance poem and how can we write performance poems that engage an audience? Cardiff-based writer and poet Hanan Issa introduces the topic and provides a lesson outline with activity plans and accompanying downloadable PPT presentation.
Y Wers Rydd a Llinellau
Beth yw’r wers rydd?
Amcan y wers yw cael disgyblion i ystyried pryd i ddechrau llinell newydd wrth ysgrifennu cerdd rydd. Ystyrir gwahanol elfennau i’w hystyried, fel hyd y llinell, odl, ac ystyr y geiriau, fel mannau cychwyn.
Empathy Connects Us (Empathy and Poetry)
What is the difference between empathy and sympathy? How can we use empathy to write poems and connect with our readers? Poet and performer clare e. potter introduces these terms and how they apply to poetry, and provides examples for both age groups.
Concrete and Shape Poetry
What is concrete and shape poetry and how can we write it? Glyn Edwards, poet and teacher, gives a brief history of the form and provides resources to get started.
Introductory video for pupils:
Introductory video for teachers (coming soon)
Lesson 1: Writing Animals/Empathy KS2 KS3
Lesson 2: Writing Concrete Poems KS3/4 KS5
Resources list on Childhood
Seamus Heaney (1972) ‘The Railway Children,’ Wintering Out (Faber & Faber).
Edward Lucie-Smith (2002) ‘The Lesson,’ Changing Shape: New and Selected Poems (Carcanet).
Rachel Long (2020) ‘Steve,’ My Darling from the Lions (Picador).
Julia Copus (2012) ‘An Easy Passage,’ The World’s Two Smallest Humans (Faber & Faber).
Louis MacNeice (2016) ‘Soap Suds,’ Collected Poems: Louise MacNeice (Faber & Faber).
William Matthews (1985) ‘A Happy Childhood,’ A Happy Childhood: Poems by William Mathews (Martin Secker & Warburg Ltd).
Kathleen Raine (2019) ‘Childhood,’ The Collected Poems of Kathleen Raine (Faber & Faber).