Multi-award-winning poet, children’s writer and playwright John Agard will introduce and read selected poems from his collections.
He will discuss the meaning behind his words and answer questions from the audience.
Tom Tolkien is an experienced teacher and educational consultant who reviews books for children and teens.
Formerly Head of English at Woodleigh School in North Yorkshire, he was in charge of a 4000 book prep school library for pupils aged 3-13.
We've compiled our resources for the new anthologies, as well as resources for looking at unseen poems.
You can also get our teaching pack on unseen poetry.Jennifer Webb is an English teacher and Assistant Principal.She is the author of ‘How to Teach English Literature: Overcoming Cultural Poverty’ (2019), regular conference speaker and teacher trainer.Neil Bowen will explore effective and ineffective ways of reading and writing about unseen poetry and seek to dismantle the myth that poems are essentially fiendish puzzles which readers have to solve to extract a single, hidden ‘message’.An experienced Head of English and a freelance writer, Neil Bowen is the author of a range of books, articles and English resources and a member of Ofqual’s experts panel for English.For example is it a poem about murder in a jolly, sensual tone? How do these techniques support or contrast with the content, context and mood of each idea?Graham is an English leader, visiting lecturer, and author of several study guides and textbooks.Graham has co-designed current English specifications and is part of Ofqual’s Panel of English Experts.The pack and these resources include analysis tasks, comparative tasks, skills for understanding poetry and plenty of resources on specific poems.Here’s our pick of the best recently published GCSE English language and GCSE English literature revision guides (for all major boards, including AQA) for pupils in years 10 and 11 of secondary schools.