Writer in Schools, Libraries and Higher Education
I have been running writing workshops throughout my working life and have a flair for working with both young people and adults. My poetry workshops are inspirational, inclusive and I excel in bringing out the best in young people who may not see themselves naturally as writers. I have run poetry workshops and residencies in schools for pupils of all ages and INSET for teachers.
I was writer-in-residence in Padgate, Warrington, working with five feeder primary schools Key stage 3 and 4, and the library service funded by The Poetry Society alongside poet Mandy Coe:
‘Library staff were fully involved with every session, so were the teachers, supporting less able pupils and freeing up the poets’ time to speak to pupils individually and give them feedback on their work. The poets were very experienced, full of ideas, enthusiasm and commitment. Their session planning and preparation was meticulous, and their delivery inspirational. They took account of different levels of ability; challenging, encouraging and supporting pupils as appropriate.’
Janet Puzylo – Library Manager, Padgate
I worked as a Creative Agent in schools through Creative Partnerships until June 2011, and was a resident artist in a primary school near Weatherby as part of this contract, working with all the pupils in the school to produce poetry and writing on the theme of the second world war.
Recently I have worked with primary school pupils at the Arvon Centre at Lumb Bank, for the Wordswoth Trust and with Bolton schools as part of the University of Bolton’s Aspirations programme.
‘Those who had some experience we able to push themselves in a new direction, and those new to poetry learned a lot about the form. Working with such a mixed group is very hard, but Anne made it seem effortless and natural. Everyone produced something they were pleased with in the two hour workshop. On their evaluation cards a number of the attendees commented on Anne’s relaxed and inclusive style. We have worked with Anne in the past, and we are always delighted with the work she does. We would happily work with her again.’
Anna Turner, Reader Development, Calderdale Libraries
I was a Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Bolton specialising in poetry. I also contributed to MMU courses Teaching Creative Writing and Enabling New Writing. These courses were aimed at teachers who want to build up skills in creative writing and MA students. I am currently studying for a PhD at the University of Bolton and teaching for the Open University.