Monsters With Year 8

me workshop display.png

I was booked for a school workshop 6 months ago which was postponed. Last week I was lucky enough to work with the Year 8 pupils at Blessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic College in Worcester, with thanks to Linda Bromyard.

I designed a bespoke workshop featuring ‘Monsters’, a theme they have been exploring this term. The pupils thoroughly enjoyed an action packed hour of activities. The poems they generated were incredibly imaginative and it was fun working with such enthusiastic writers. 

I repeated the workshop twice over the morning, to groups of 30+ (which is why I look a little red-faced) and inspired not only Year 8 but some of their English teachers too, working with forms they had not come across themselves. 

I left the school knowing some of the ideas would be covered in Literacy classes. I had a fabulous morning in a very welcoming Library space.

With thanks to the pupils who also designed fantastic Wordle Doodles for the display board. Impressive amounts of poetic terms generated and my face in words.

Thanks to Linda Bromyard for organising this opportunity and for the photographs.

workshop monsterMonster me

monster 2

me be workshop BE hand


We were delighted to welcome Nina Lewis, Worcestershire Poet Laureate to work with 60 Year 8 students. Linda Bromyard said “It was an honour to have the Poet Laureate in College, Nina was so entertaining, and the students learnt such a lot from her.”



  1. Reblogged this on awritersfountain and commented:

    Over the past fortnight I have facilitated 3x School Workshops. It has been a pleasure and takes me full circle. It was from working in schools as a Poet that I fell into a teaching career… fast forward a couple of decades (nearly) and I am back in my Poetry Skin, much prefer to be called by my first name!


  2. Nina, you were absolutely fantastic, the students were enthralled throughout the whole session. the teacher commented that the had never seen one of her students so occupied and smiling! Lots of excellent ideas produced by students with the help of your prompts. the joint acrostic poem was a huge success. I know that the one teacher is very keen to continue working on the project that you started, and also would like to try the Golden Shovel approach to writing poetry! I must admit that I have had a go with that too, and quite surprised with my result!
    Thank you ever so much Nina, and look forward to the next time, if your agree!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s