For school bookings, UK and overseas, Dominic’s agent is Authors Abroad.
For adults, Dominic can be contacted directly through this site.
Dominic is a fully insured and licensed workshop facilitator, working with adults, teenagers, KS2 and KS1, with specific skill in working with vulnerable people and people with learning difficulties.
Read a workshopper’s review of one of Dominic’s recent workshops for adults here!
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“I wanted to say a BIG thank you for the poetry workshop you did with my class … never have my children swallowed up poetry like they did after your workshop. They came back to school and got stuck into your books like I’ve never seen before!”
Miss Collings, Teacher, Kirkstall ST Stephen’s CE Primary School
EXAMPLE PLAN OF A DAY IN A SCHOOL
One possible approach Dominic often takes in schools is to begin with a performance of poetry in assembly. Dominic is used to performing lively, engaging, fun and educational work for both small groups and halls of over 200 children!
Dominic’s assembly performances use a lot of jokes and audience interaction.
Many of the poems are deliberately half finished, and the pupils are invited to contribute ideas to help complete the poetry with their own imaginations.
Dominic is quick thinking and an expert at improvising, speedily crafting rhythmic verse which incorporates all the students throw at him!
The poetic tales always incorporate a moral; examples include environmental, bullying, animal welfare and working together as a team.
After performing, Dominic is great at going to individual classes and either engaging in leading individual writing exercises or creating group poems by the whole class.
The latter option involves Dominic demonstrating the process of
– drafting skilfully imaginative or factually interesting ideas.
– exploring rhythms and rhymes.
– choosing a topic and staying on topic / avoiding forced rhymes and cliches.
– syllable count and making rhyming couplets work within a chosen rhythm.
– metaphors and similes for experts or beginners!
Dominic can craft with the class a poem on any subject that they are currently working on, for example the solar system, Greek myths, Aztecs, local history – anything!
The lesson often concludes with tips on delivery and children speaking the new words with strong diction, volume, body language and confidence!
Some of Dominic’s longer term projects included
- running a series of workshops with adults creating WW1 centenary poetry in Chester.
- creating a striking gallery exhibition and street performances through school and sheltered accommodation workshops in Newcastle.
- developing eye-catching community poetry on building site hoardings through schools and older people’s groups in Northwich.
Book a Workshop
For bookings or further information on workshop events, please phone 07804 745 079 or email me.
For schools, UK and overseas, please contact Authors Abroad