I was one of the first six full-time, spoken word educators to be embedded in London secondary schools as part of the Spoken Word Education Programme. The Programme was supported by The British Library, Arts Council England and the Southbank Centre among others. It was also linked to Goldsmiths University where I completed the MA Writer / Teacher Programme. The Programme seeks to revolutionise the way poetry / spoken word is taught in schools through child centered, creative education carried out by professional poets. I subsequently took this work to primary schools, teaching poetry, performance, beatboxing, music and improvisation in a year long placement at Curwen Primary School, East London.
As part of this work I used poetry to teach English, History, Drama and Personal Social Development. I have also organised high level showcases as part of a weekly and well attended After School Spoken Word Club and compiled a school anthology in 2014. That year I served as the Lead Mentor for the Programme, shadowed by three educators in training.
In 2012, The British Council invited me to Latvia to help develop slam and urban poetry in the country’s growing spoken word scene. In 2013 I gave a workshop at the conference for the National Association for the Teaching of English (NATE) on behalf of the British Library. I have also given spoken word workshops in Ukraine, Holland and Slovakia with Goldsmths University.
I am also a founding member of Cyc du Soleil – a bicycle solar stage and education project that visits primary and secondary 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)