UPDATE: In 2020, I'm limiting the number of school visits & readings to work on other projects.
I am available for poetry workshop visits to schools for pupils from KS1 - KS3. I have worked with all age ranges and abilities both as a teacher and as a children’s poet and I’m happy to tailor workshops to the specific themes or projects of the school/class, if required. I’m also happy to give a performance of my poems or a presentation to larger groups at assembly time.
I am a member of NAWE (National Association of Writers in Education) and am CRB checked.
Workshops usually involve an introduction- reading a couple of my poems, then working on a group poem, followed by individual writing (with writing frames for the younger/less confident writer), 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 live in Brighton and am happy to visit schools in the United Kingdom or abroad.
I am also available for story telling workshops to accompany my picture book, A Patch of Black. Suitable for 3-6 year olds.
For enquiries about availabilty and fees, please contact:
Anne Marley at Authors Aloud UK
0797 608 2049
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‘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