Edinburgh International Book Festival 2019

To Learn the Future: Poetry and Wellbeing
Join an evening of readings and discussion around To Learn the Future: Poems for Teachers, an anthology promoting wellbeing in the teaching profession. Scottish Poetry Library’s Hannah Lavery and Samuel Tongue are joined by the anthology’s editors, Kate Hendry, Jane Cooper and Lilias Fraser, plus poet Larry Butler, to explore how verse can be used as a tool for building resilience and positive mental health for those in high-pressure environments. Tickets available here.

Edinburgh International Book Festival 2018

Tools of the Trade: Poems for Teachers
As the new school year begins, let us help you keep that holiday enthusiasm and energy! Using poems from the Scottish Poetry Library’s new anthology for teachers, editors Kate Hendry and Jane Cooper, together with psychotherapist Peter Kravitz, discuss how poems can be a practical part of every teacher’s wellbeing and happiness. After the event, drop into the Baillie Gifford Imagination Lab for your poetry prescription.

Edinburgh International Book Festival 2017

Reading Workshops
Nothing But the Poem on John Burnside & Robert Lowell
Nothing But the Poem on John Milton & Michael Longley

Edinburgh International Book Festival 2015

Reading Workshop
Nothing But the Poem on W.B Yeats


Woodhill Secondary School
2019: Creative writing workshop for S6 pupils

Nothing But the Poem
2014-2016: Monthly reading sessions at the Scottish Poetry Library. No preparation required, no previous knowledge, just the pleasure of exploring poems in the company of fellow poetry lovers of all ages and interests. Held on the first Saturday of each month, each session looks at a handful of poems by one poet.

Reading Workshop: W.B Yeats
2015: A workshop at Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, Ayr. Reading and discussion of some of Yeats best-loved poems in the context of his life and work. This event is suitable for those new to poetry, as well as more experienced readers.

I’ll Be Talking Geography: The Self as Commonwealth
2015: Creative writing workshop for Tyne and Esk Writers.

Travel Writing
2014: Reading and writing workshop at the National Library of Scotland.

Poetry in Place
2014: Creative writing workshop at National Library of Scotland.

Creative Writing for the Pushkin Prize
2014: Series of workshops for S2 pupils at Broughton High School, Edinburgh.

The Hidden Library
2013-14: 3 days of workshops and events for families and creative folk. Part of a Scottish Book Trust residency.

Reading Muriel Spark
2013: Reading Workshop at Coastword literary festival.

Poetry: Page and Performance
2013: Series of six workshops for P6 pupils at Darvel Primary School, East Ayrshire.

Reading groups and Creative Writing workshops
2001-2012: Reading groups, creative writing and literacy workshops in prisons.

Creative Writing tuition and workshops
2006-2010: Associate lecturer for the Open University, running on-line and face-to-face workshops.


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