Using creative approaches from a range of arts disciplines, I have worked with children and young adults of all ages to write plays, poetry and to tell stories. These have been performed in public theatres and school halls, at local events and pageants, in national and local poetry slams, at heritage sites and on community radio.
Young people who find their voices through high-quality learning experiences, develop confidence in their own skills and insights, preparing them for the adult world and connecting them to a range of literary and cultural traditions. Participation in heritage, landscape, nature, the built environment and with others connects across cultures and with a sense of self and belonging.
Working in collaboration with other providers, these activities can be designed to suit school requirements, or for home-schooling groups, issue-based youth work, poetry slams, de-schooling, and the sheer joy of it. Working with narrative also encourages reading and even writing, books.
“Pupils don’t receive enough encouragement to read widely for pleasure. Time needs to be set aside in lessons for the reading, sharing, recommending and discussion of texts. Schools can be distracted by national tests and examinations, which do not always assess pupils’ wider reading skills well.”
OFSTED Annual Report 2013 Some key challenges for raising standards in English
current DBS check, and full Public Liability Insurance via the National Association of Writers in Education.
Previous clients include:
KEAP (Kernow Education Arts Partnership), Cornwall; Theatre Royal, Plymouth; Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust; Devon Library Services; South West Gifted and Talented; Apples and Snakes; DAISI (Devon Arts in Schools Initiative); Exeter Museums, Exeter Poetry Festival, Barbican Theatre, Plymouth; and many individual schools throughout Devon including Goosewell Primary School, Hyde Park Primary School, Austin Farm Primary School, Pennycross Primary School and Prince Rock Primary School, Princetown Primary, Meavy Primary School, Ide Primary School, All Saints Marsh Primary School, Brixham Primary School and dozens of others through contracted work with organisations including the former ‘South West Gifted and Talented’ based at the University of Exeter.
“An enjoyable and stimulating session for reluctant and struggling writers”. – Anna Mills, year 5/6 teacher, Pennycross Primary
“I was extremely impressed with Lucy’s control of 38 excited children. Her dramatic method of eliciting words from the children was extremely effective and she used praise and encouragement throughout the session.” – Class Teacher Yr 3/4, Meavy C of E Primary School, Devon
“I was extremely pleased and impressed with the way in which Lucy approached the workshops, providing a well structured session which left room for creative exploration by the children. The children engaged well throughout the sessions (despite a wide variance in abilities) and Lucy was able to provide a flexible response to the differing needs to each group and individual children.” – Dr. Jo Mayes, ‘The Leats Project’ funded by Plymouth Youth Partnerships Agenda 21 for 4 Devon Schools