If you’ve ever wondered what it is I do, and why, if you’ve ever wondered what it is poets do in schools, and why, then might I suggest you check out this podcast?
If you’ve ever wondered what my poems for grown-ups sound like in performance, if you’ve ever wondered how my poems for grown-ups contrast with those of another spoken word artist (in this case, the very wonderful Sara Hirsch), then might I suggest you check out this podcast?
And if, like me, you’re just getting into podcasts, and want to try out what’s out there, then might I suggest you try listening to this one?
You’ll see that this podcast was recorded at Ledbury Poetry Festival’s Poetry Salon, where different poets are invited to come and perform, then take part in a Q&A about their work.
I relished the opportunity to perform some of my more edgy, contemporary poems for adults, then to listen to the very talented Sara Hirsch perform, and then to discuss with the audience the work we both do in schools. Sara works predominantly in secondary schools and I work predominantly in primary schools. It was very interesting for me to hear her experiences and for us both to explore how we work with pupils and the value of our work.
Identity, empathy, resilience, creativity – these are some of the issues we discuss.
Have a listen. See what you think.