Poetry by Heart Teacher Days
These CPD days offer teachers the opportunity to work with contemporary poets and other specialists skilled in sharing the purpose and process of committing poetry to memory - and reciting it. Teachers will work with a poet or other expert to develop their own skills and practices in reading poetry aloud, as well as exploring new/revived practices for teaching poetry across the secondary age range.
The London - National Portrait Gallery - Day
In association with the National Association of Writers in Education
This event sees Poetry by Heart in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery, where the initiative was launched. There are portraits in the Gallery of a number of the poets included in the Poetry by Heart anthology, adding another dimension to the way in which poet Mario Petrucci will explore the connections between artist and interpreter, inner thought and spoken voice.
Mario Petrucci won the prestigious Arvon/Daily Telegraph International Poetry Prize in 2002. He has been poet in residence at the Imperial War Museum and for BBC Radio 3, and has produced a number of poetry resources that tie into science. He devises courses for the Poetry School, the Poetry Society’s Poetryclass initiative and Arvon/Foyle Young Poets. The collaborative performance poetry group he co-founded, ShadoWork, won many awards, resulting in voice training seminars and acclaimed performances across the country.
The Shape of the Day
The core of the day is a workshop facilitated by Mario, leading to a group recitation of poems. Teachers will work with a small sample of the poet's own work along with poems from the Poetry By Heart timeline anthology. This will support practical exploration and experimentation with the idea of reading aloud as an act of interpretation. There will also be space to consider the relationship between recitation and more dramatic modes of performance.
The day will be enhanced by time to talk to a member of the Poetry By Heart team about all aspects of the project and the competition. We will also consider the evidence for the value of poetry performance and memorisation, drawing on recent research and other publications. There will be a pack of materials to further inform and inspire your teaching. Lunch will be provided.
The central idea underpinning Poetry By Heart and these associated teacher days is that poems are written to be spoken and heard (as well as read and written about). We are interested in developing more embodied classroom approaches which free up enjoyment of poetry to a wider constituency of students and a more expanded mode of engagement. This is a central concern for high quality teaching and learning in this area of the curriculum, as well as offering young people a pleasure and resource for life.
"To learn a poem by heart is to make a friend, one that will stay with you for the rest of your life. And like the best of friendships, a poem got by heart will comfort, cheer and sustain. This is what makes this terrific project so valuable - after the excitement of public performance, every child who takes part will carry their chosen poem with them into their future"
Esther Morgan, Poet
Poetry By Heart is an educational initiative of The Poetry Archive, the premier online collection of recordings of poets reading their own work.
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Poetry By Heart
Poetry By Heart is an educational initiative of The Poetry Archive www.poetryarchive.org, the premier online collection of recordings of poets reading their own work.