National Poetry Day is one day in a poet’s calendar when they’re guaranteed work. And more often than not, this involves visiting a school – which is undoubtedly one of the highlights of being a jobbing poet!

This year I was in Essex, at Cornelius Vermuyden School on Canvey Island. I delivered workshops on the theme of ‘Change’, and the school enjoyed it so much that they’ve posted a blog (click here).

Cornelius Vermuyden School | Matt Abbott Poet | National Poetry Day

I regularly work in Primary and Secondary schools around the UK, as well as in Further Education and with non-formal learning groups. It brings joy to me to be able to spread my enthusiasm and passion to poetry, and to present it in an accessible manner.

“I never liked poetry before; but now I love it” Cornelius Vermuyden pupil

If you’re interested in booking me for educational work, visit the workshops page of my website for more quotes, a client list, further information and contact details. I have a fully clean DBS certificate and also a full clean UK driving licence.

poet, educator & activist

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