Let me edu-tain you!

COVID-19 UPDATE: I can’t get to you and you can’t get to me at the moment. And you may well have the children at home to educate. So, I’ve created a series of poetry videos to edu-tain you. I hope they’ll inspire you and your kids to learn about and enjoy the birds and minibeasts wherever you happen to find yourselves at present. I hope too that they might encourage you to perform – and even write – poems about the creatures you see and hear. You can find the videos here and here.


Welcome to theBigBuzz, home of award-winning poet and performer Anneliese Emmans Dean. I’m all about promoting learning through laughter, rhythm and rhyme, wellbeing through words and sustainability through creativity. Let me edu-tain you with my acclaimed:

  • poetry shows (for children, for families or for grown-ups)
    • ‘As soon as the show finished, I turned to mummy and said “I wish it could have gone on all day!”’ Alex, age 11, Edinburgh Fringe
    • ‘Your performance was rivetting — breathtakingly good: thank you!’ Professor Tim Birkhead FRS, New Networks for Nature Symposium
    • ‘Absolutely stunning!’ U3A member, Easingwold
    • ‘Hugely enjoyable. I was crying with laughter.’ Jane, York Ornithological Club
  • poetry-meets-science (meets giggles) children’s books (enjoyed by grown-ups too!)
    • ‘***** Likely to be a favourite at home or at school.’ Books for Keeps
    • ‘Glorious … will delight children and young-at-heart adults alike’ The Press
  • primary school visits
    • ‘The best author visit we’ve had.’ St John’s College School, Cambridge
    • ‘Before Anneliese came I didn’t like poems but now I love writing them. It was awesome.’ Thomas, Year 6, Driffield Junior School
    • ‘Every primary school in the UK should book this enjoyable show.’ Ledbury Reporter

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My poetry shows (and optional workshops) are tailored to your event, and are ideal for your festival, theatre, primary school, nursery school, luncheon club, bird group, gardening group, conference, U3A, AGM, botanic garden, environment centre, park, museum, orchard, nature reserveproject launch …  You can even commission me to write a poem specially for your event!

If you’re looking to pep up your photography, I also put on beginners’ photography workshops for grown-ups, families, individuals and also KS2 children in schools. So if, for example, your organisation needs a half-day photography bootcamp, or you’re looking for a photography workshop to give your child as a present, or you’d like your pupils to learn how to take great photos, just get in touch.

‘I just want to say it was EPIC!!! Thank you!!!’ Photography workshop participant

And if you’re feeling musical, check out my eco-musicals, the award-winning Compost! The (mini-)Musical and Go MAD! Make A Difference.

To learn more about what I can offer you, mooch around this site. You can read feedback (from schools, grown-ups and events), watch the videos, check out the About page and scroll through the posts. You’ll see I belong to Equity and the National Association of Writers in Education, am DBS checked and have public liability insurance.

To discuss how I can create a buzz at your event, email me: theBigBuzz@gmail.com

Anneliese Emmans Dean – theBigBuzz – Bringing poetry to life

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