Pete is currently a full-time Poetry/ Spoken-Word Educator, embedded in a secondary school in Walthamstow, London. He is one of only seven worldwide. Part of his working week is spent in primary schools. The placement is part of the Spoken Word Education Programme. It is supported by the Southbank Centre, Goldsmiths University, the National Literacy trust and Arts Council England. The sessions focus on developing creatively confident and emotionally articulate artistic communities inside schools. Outside of this he done workshops for the British Council, the British Library, War on Want and schools and youth centres across the country.
As well as poetry, Pete has given workshops in improvisation, clowning and how to produce a spoken word stage show. He has also worked with Cyc du Soleil: a bicycle solar stage and education project that visits schools across the country giving eco-poetry workshops alongside demonstrations of renewable technology in a unique kinetic learning experience. More information can be found at http://www.hammerandtongue.co.uk/html/cycdusoleil.html
Previous Feedback on Pete’s Workshops
‘a huge thank you for your responsiveness and participation in Urban poetry events here in Latvia. Thank you for coming here and thank you for sharing your energy, world view and passion for the poetry and stage. It was both a professional and also a personal pleasure for me to work with you.
(Ilze Saleniece, British Council Latvia)
‘I’d like to formally thank you for your contribution to what was an extremely inspiring, engaging and informative day. Attendees commented that your presentation was informative and the information that you shared, very valuable. Your input was immensely appreciated and I’m thankful that you were happy to dedicate your time.’
(Sidel Stewart, OnIt PR)
‘Every one really enjoyed it and ill be using your mic techniques every time from now on’
(Steve Biddle workshop organiser)
‘The pleasure of the spoken word in performance was reawakened’
(workshop participant at RISC)
‘I learned how fantastic the kids are at expressing themselves creatively’
(Teacher at Blessed Hugh Farringdon School, July 2009)