My work with young people
I have a really strong record of working with young people, mainly secondary school age, both in and out of a classroom environment. Here are some of the projects I've worked on in the past five years:
Running LGBT awareness workshops with Shotton Hall school in Peterlee (in association with Newcastle University);
Delivering period poverty sessions to the Health and Social care students at Burnside College in Wallsend;
Hosting a 60-minute sexual consent session with the year 12 and 13 students at Churchill Community College;
Teaching New Writing North's Saturday writing group at Newcastle City Library how to create a podcast (two 2-hour sessions)
Young Writers' City
At the moment I spend three days a week as a Creative Producer for New Writing North's Young Writers' City programme, which delivers in-classroom and extra curricular creative writing sessions for pupils at inner city schools in the North East. I am based at Excelsior Academy in the West End of Newcastle, a hugely multicultural school with a strongly established music and performing arts department.
After school on a Wednesday, I host the Newcastle Young Songwriters group at the Princes Trust building in central Newcastle along with the rapper and playwright Kema Kay. This is open to all young people aged 12 - 19 - more information here if you know somebody who might like to come along!
10x10 Creative Gateshead
In June 2020 I was commissioned, along with 10 other writers and artists, to help produce activity packs for young people and vulnerable adults in Bensham and the surrounding areas of Gateshead. The aim of the pack is to enable people in those areas, who may experience digital exclusion, to continue being creative and enhance their wellbeing during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The packs have now been distributed and there is a downloadable version online for everyone to enjoy! You can access it, as well as more information about the project, at the following link: