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Explore medieval poetry and history with free workshops | 22-May-17

Penned in the Margins, in partnership with Shoreditch Town Hall and The National Poetry Library, are delivering education work across London this summer, and we would love your school to take part.
In conjunction with Fair Field, an artistic re-imagining of the 14th Century poem Piers Plowman, which will be taking place across London this June, we're offering a tour of The National Poetry Library at Southbank Centre, and a day of poetry workshops from writer and performer Nick Field - all for free!
These sessions are designed for for Key Stage 2 and will explore medieval myths and morality tales; epic poems and alliterative verse; and give pupils the chance to write and perform their own London legends.

Sessions will be take place in the Summer Term 2017 at a time that suits your school, and are provided free of charge. However, places are limited so get in touch as soon as possible to register your interest. 
National Poetry Library Tour
The National Poetry Library at the Southbank Centre in London houses the UK's largest contemporary poetry collection and throughout the summer term is hosting A Fair Field Full of Folk, an art exhibition inspired by Piers Plowman which includes an original medieval manuscript of the poem dating from the 1400s. Librarians will be able to offer each school group a tour of the library, and a creative writing session exploring responses to the artworks.
Poetry Workshops
After visiting the library, schools will receive a full day of workshops, building on the work undertaken at the library. The aim for the day is to introduce some of the themes and concerns of Piers Plowman and will build towards children having their own piece for performance by the end of the day.
The workshops will be led by poet and educator Nick Field and can take place either in your school or in the atmospheric setting of Shoreditch Town Hall. We'd recommend working with one class for the whole day so that there is enough time for them to get to get to get stuck into our creative writing exercises, and to produce their own work. 
In advance of the sessions we will provide you with teaching resources to introduce the poem and medieval poetry to your class should you wish.
Workshop facilitator
Nick Field is a writer, performer, musician and educator. His work has featured at leading events, and festivals internationally. He has been Artist in Residence at Keats House in London where he wrote new work for an anthology and lead practical writing workshops. His commissions include writing and performance for Apples and Snakes and Latitude Festival. As a workshop facilitator he has worked with organisations including The Poetry School, Apples and Snakes, Spread The Word, Ideas Tap and New Writing South, and he has taught performance making at Queen Mary, University of London. Nick is a regular tutor at City Lit teaching creative writing and literature. Nick has devised and delivered workshops for school groups during his residencies, and has also been Artist in Residence in schools across the capital for a City of London project engaging students creatively with the work of Medieval Scribes.
To register your interest, or for more information, please contact: Tom MacAndrew at, or on 0787 050 7806

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