Education

 

UniSlam 2020, photo by Tyrone Lewis https://www.facebook.com/TyroneLewisPhotography/

 
Personal Tuition

 

Are you a performing artist, poet, author or artistic educator? I am offering bespoke personalised tuition to artists who want to emerge the other side of COVID19 with professional skills. These sessions are taking place online.

 
Skills and Techniques on Offer 

 

  • Writing poetry, prose, non-fiction.
  • Performing poetry, song, stage shows, lectures, other.
  • Techniques for editing.
  • Ways to publish your work.
  • Live Looping.
  • Song Writing.
  • Teaching Primary School Poetry Workshops.
  • Teaching Secondary School Poetry Workshops.
  • Developing your professional reach and recognition.
  • Writing successful funding bids.
  • Warm up techniques.
  • Memorisation techniques.
  • Emotional resilience for performing artists.
  • Hosting / comparing events.
  • Promoting Events.
  • Recommended Reading for writers & performers

All sessions start with a free check-in session to get to the bottom of what you want to achieve so we can craft sessions accordingly. Sessions start at £25 p/hr (unemployed or struggling), £35 (waged), £50 (comfortable wage).

 
Why Train

 

Writers and performers are not just creating art, they are innovating events, workshops and methods of publication. Affordable professional development is needed to meet the needs of those wishing to practice, promote and teach their craft in the post-Corona world. Sessions will develop a broad pallet of skills. They will speak to your superpowers and make them hireable in a variety of settings. As someone who understands the difficulties of being self-employed, I can help artists navigate complex emotional and professional environments. Sessions are also lots of fun.

 
About Me

 

I am a professional author, spoken word poet and musician who has been practicing my craft professionally for over fifteen years. My work has featured on BBC Radio 4, The World Service and Newsnight. I am a former National Poetry Slam Champion and have performed and delivered workshops around in 12 countries with organisations such as The British Council. My first book of poetry was published by Burning Eye Books in 2016.

As a teacher, I have worked as Lead Educator for the Spoken Word Education Programme. This involved pioneering the work of embedded full-time and part-time spoken word artists in primary and secondary schools. The Prgramme was linked to the MA Writer/Teacher Programme at Goldsmiths College, University of London. In 2012-2014, I developed and toured a one-man spoken word stage show. More recently I have toured performance lectures to festivals, poetry events, conferences and universities. Much of this experience was brought together in my recent book Stage Invasion: Poetry and the Spoken Word Renaissance (Out-Spoken Press). This book has been decribed as ‘a fantastic piece of work’ (Michael Rosen), and ‘the book we have all been waiting for’ (Ian McMillan, BBC Radio 3).

 
Awards

 

2018 – Golden Hammer Award, Royal Albert Hall.

2018 – Grand Prize Winner, Satu Mare Street Music Festival, Romania

2017- Arts Council England, Writing Grant.

2016 – Arts Council England International Artist Development Fund.

2012 – People’s Choice Award, Rotor Relief.

2012 – Arts Council England, Touring Grant.

2011 – Arts Council England, Artistic Development Grant.

2009 – National Poetry Slam Champion.

2009 – BBC Radio 4 South of England Poetry Slam Winner.

Training emotional resilience tutors, Tough Cookie, London, 2020