Creative INSET: Rhythm and Poetry

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Poetry for this generation on a street level

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About the INSET

In this session, Karl Nova will share his story of how he walked into the literary world through the doors of rap music and spoken word slam poetry. He will discuss how these genres changed his perception of poetry from the age of 7 and how it made all the literary and poetic devices he was learning in school come alive.

He will let you into his writing process and share practical, fun ways to help your students create their own writing; breaking down stereotypical views of poetry through deductive reading and inference. Karl will show how hip hop and slam poetry can re-contextualise literature and allow young people to find their voice, speak their views through poetic expression, and reflect on their own experiences and environment.

Learning outcomes for participants

  • Develop an understanding of how Hip Hop and spoken word slam poetry can positively influence writing, and explore how it is married to conventional literary devices
  • Develop an understanding of the form and structure of poetry that emerges out of Hip Hop-inspired poetry and spoken word slam poetry
  • Exploring the ways literacy, vocabulary and a deeper appreciation for language is developed through creative writing

Suitable for

This event is suitable for teachers and teaching assistants working at KS1-3, and SENCos and SEN specialists working in London schools. We regret that this session is not open to colleagues from cultural organisations or freelancers working with schools.

About the organisation

Pop Up Projects is a non-profit national children’s literature development agency, established in 2011. We deliver imaginative education, talent and community programmes in diverse learning environments for all ages and abilities. Our mission is to transform lives through literature, especially through working with people in deprived places and challenging circumstances.

About the facilitators

Karl Nova is a Hip Hop artist, author and poet. He is the winner of CLiPPA 2018 for Rhythm and Poetry, his first published collection. Born and raised in London as well as Lagos, Karl is a social commentator, creative writing workshop facilitator, broadcaster and cultural critic who creates platforms for other artists as he seeks to uplift, inform and inspire through this artistic expression. Apart from being a wordsmith and energetic live performer, Karl Nova is an avid beatmaker and he released a compilation of electronic music that he created on his phone called “Made ‘Em On My Phone”.

Tim Stanton is the Education Manager for Pop Up Projects. Tim has taught in London Primary schools for eight years, with a specialism in English and Music. Working primarily with KS1, he has designed and taught curricula to bring powerful literature to hundreds of children. He also set up The Big Art People, an arts organisation bringing creative art and music workshops to schools and community organisations all over the country.

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