UPDATE: * I am no longer offering in-person school visits *
I can however offer a FREE 20 minute reading / Q&A to any school that is studying at least one of my poetry books in their class.
Longer 60 minute paid sessions can be arranged to suit, at an affordable price. In these sessions I'll introduce myself and my writing journey, read some of my poems and/or picture books, a possible short writing exercise and a Q &A with the pupils.
I have worked with all age ranges and abilities, both as a teacher and as a children’s poet. I have a particular interest in working with Junior aged pupils but happy to work with Yr2 - Yr 8 pupils. I can give a performance of my poems or a presentation to larger groups at assembly time or work with classes or groups in creative poetry workshops.
Workshops usually involve an introduction, a warm up, working on a group poem, followed by individual writing (with writing frames for the younger/less confident writer). At the end, there will be a chance to read some of the pupils poems out, and a question and answer session. I find that shorter sessions (45-60 mins) work best with younger pupils and longer (75-90 mins) for older pupils.
I am a member of NAWE (National Association of Writers in Education) and I am CRB checked.
I live in Brighton and am happy to visit schools in the South East or further afield by arrangement.
For enquiries about availabilty and fees, please contact:
Anne Marley at Authors Aloud UK
Or contact me directly at:
‘Rachel's workshops were perfectly pitched to their different audiences: accessible yet challenging, the sessions inspired our girls to write some quite fantastic pieces. Her obvious skill with words is combined with a very calm and down to earth persona: this ensured that students felt at ease and were able to direct their energy into writing. I would have no hesitation in booking Rachel again and I look forward to working with her on future poetry projects.’
Victoria Del Federico, Roedean
‘We had the opportunity of seeing this inspirational lady, Rachel Rooney, working with children and producing quite remarkable poetry. We are very fortunate to have booked the services of this poet.’
Goring Church of England First School