Poetry Academy

Our new Poetry Academy features writing tutorials for all ages from top poets. You can find out about different poetry forms, get writing prompts and performance tips, and learn how to edit your poems. We'll update the page with new content regularly.

Poet of the Week: Dean Atta

Dean Atta, poet and author of The Black Flamingo, shares his top ten questions to ask yourself when editing.

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Family Zone resources (under 13s)

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    Perform with Simon Mole (9 to 12)

    Poet Simon Mole teaches you how to write and perform a poem about something you love.
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    Write a limerick (9 to 12)

    Our very own poet Penny Newell shares how to perform the rhythm of a limerick using just a cup.
    Get started
  • Poetry with Paul Cookson

    Creepy-crawly poem (5 to 8)

    Poet Paul Cookson performs a poem about creepy crawlies and shows you how to write your own.
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  • Laura Rae

    Monster mornings with Laura Rae (5-8)

    Create characters, kennings and rhymes with poet Laura Rae. Don't forget to give your monster a name!
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  • Kurly McGeachie

    Poetry activities with Kurly McGeachie

    Safety awareness poetry activities for ages 9-12, from poet Kurly McGeachie and anti-violence campaigner Alison Cope.
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    Poetry with Matt Windle

    Explore new poetic forms with poet and professional Matt Windle.
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Zone In resources (13+)

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    Editing with Dean Atta (13+)

    Poet and author Dean Atta explains how to improve your poems by editing them.
    Learn how
  • Manjit Sahota

    Performance poetry with Manjit Sahota (13+)

    Become a spoken word artist with Manjit Sahota.
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