The Poetry Trust is one of the UK’s flagship poetry organisations, delivering a year-round live and digital programme, creative education opportunities, courses, prizes and publications. Based in Suffolk and founded in 1989, The Poetry Trust is responsible for the world-class Aldeburgh Poetry Festival and its associated activities – the First Collection Prize, The Poetry Paper, The Poetry Channel and The Poetry Prom. The Trust is committed to delivering outstanding contemporary poetry to as many people as possible – at live events, in print and digitally online.
For more than a decade The Poetry Trust has been running creative workshops for teachers. This extensive experience has been condensed into a user-friendly new handbook – The Poetry Toolkit. This offers fool-proof recipes for teaching poetry in the classroom and is available free as a PDFdownload.
This new toolkit provides fun, adaptable, tried-and-tested exercises to get young people – and indeed people of any age – confidently writing poetry. Primary and secondary school teachers who kept on coming to our workshops have repeatedly said what a revelation it was to try writing themselves – putting themselves in the position of their pupils. Dip into the toolkit which is based on direct contributions from leading poet-tutors – including Mandy Coe, Peter Sansom, Jackie Wills and Anthony Wilson – for warm-ups and group exercises based on poem-jigsaws, photographs, eavesdropping and telling lies! Printed copies of the toolkit have been sent to all Suffolk, Essex and Norfolk schools who participated in the workshops.
Thank you to Dianne Cook for providing this information.