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Literacy Workshops

These are the creative literacy and art workshops that I currently offer. All workshops can be tailored to meet the needs of your school. To find out how or to get booking information for a workshop, please follow this link or contact me at

The Arival (6 sessions - KS2)
Creative fiction, character development, verbal reasoning and discussion, drama, creative writing and illustration using watercolours and pencil based on The Arrival by Shaun Tan.

Six 2 hour sessions.

£750 for six children, £1,350 for twelve children.


The Human Zoo (6 sessions - KS1 & KS2)
Creative non-fiction, drama and discussion, illustration using watercolours and pencil based on Zoo by Anthony Browne.

Six 2 hour sessions.

£750 for six children, £1,350 for twelve children.

Through the Magic Mirror (6 sessions - KS1 and KS2)
Narrative writing, illustration techniques and drama based on Through the Magic Mirror by Anthony Browne.

Six 2 hour sessions.

£750 for six children, £1,350 for twelve children.


On the Outside (6 sessions - KS2)
Creative fictional writing, drama and art based on The Island by Armin Greder.

Six 2 hour sessions.

£750 for six children, £1,350 for twelve children.

The Birdman (6 sessions - KS2)
Poetry writing, drama and ink/watercolour art based on this high-quality text, The Birdman by Ruth Brown and Melvin Burgess.

Six 2 hour sessions.

£750 for six children, £1,350 for twelve children.

More to follow.

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ARTiculate newsletter: March 2018

Hello teachers!

Well this is embarrassing! 2018 is already three months old and this is my first newsletter. A combination of exciting creative work and house moving has stolen my time. But here is an update on everything ARTiculate and, as usual, resources and recommendations for you to use to add a creative spark to your literacy teaching!

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