There was a time in my life when I dreaded the start of the new school year. The six-week holidays had gone by in a flash and now you had whole a never-ending year of school and homework ahead of you – even more-so if you’re making the step up to Big School.

But nowadays I love it when schools are back, because it means I can visit loads around the country and deliver poetry sessions. There’s more info about my experience and previous clients here. This blog is just to advertise my services around the UK and hopefully meet some new schools.

Matt Abbott Poet | Primary school workshop
Working at Holy Trinity Primary in Halstead

I’m passionate about breaking down fears and preconceptions surrounding poetry, and using a range of accessible and digestible exercises to build confidence and get creative juices flowing. My sessions can be tailored to any theme or desired outcome and I’m happy to work with teachers to make the most out of my visit.

As well as mainstream primary, secondary and FE groups, I’ve also worked in SEMH schools, PRUs and with pupils who’ve been removed from mainstream education entirely. I have an Enhanced DBS certificate and a full clean driving licence.

This summer, my debut collection for kids ‘A Hurricane in my Head’ was published by Bloomsbury, so I’m keen to take that around schools – particularly as it’s a recommended title for this year’s National Poetry Day. And if you’re an AET school, you’ll be familiar with my ‘Remarkable Lives’ poem which has taken 2019 by storm.

Matt Abbott Poet | National Poetry Day recommendation
One of #NationalPoetryDay 2019’s recommended titles

So, if you fancy booking me for a visit, get in touch here and fingers crossed we’ll be able to work something out. I’m currently based in London and have a car in West Yorkshire, so I’m able to reach anywhere in the UK!

poet, educator & activist

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