2018 › Bristol

Past event

Valerie Bloom Performance

How did it go?

Valerie Bloom performed her poems to an exuberant audience of 700 children and their teachers at the Bristol Hippodrome. Children were buzzing with excitement coming into the building: a huge, glamorous theatre with red velvet seating! Valerie came on stage to great applause and began by giving us a crash course in Jamaican patois. She then invited us to join in with her poems and songs which the audience did with great enthusiasm! Highlights included the Pinda cake poem where Valerie balances a rucksack on her head and pretends that it is a case of sweet treats while dancing to the pinda cake song. This was a dynamic and interactive poetry performance and lots of fun.

What people said:

For many of our children, it was their first visit to a large theatre. Valerie is an excellent poet and performer. She was also very informative about the history and grammar of Jamaican Patois.

Cabot Primary school

It was long enough for Valerie to perform a range of poetry but without enabling the children to get bored or restless. The children were engaged and involved in the performance.

Bishop Road Primary School

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Venue:
Bristol Hippodrome, St Augustine's Parade, Bristol BS1 4UZ
Date:
Friday, 19th October 2018
Time:
11:00 am
Duration:
Approx. 1 hour
Age range:
Years 4, 5 and 6

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Valerie Bloom

Valerie Bloom was born in Jamaica and came to England in 1979. She writes poetry in English and Jamaican patois for all ages, and has performed her work throughout the world, with many television and radio appearances. Her poetry is included in a number of anthologies and she tutors regularly for schools and colleges.

'She is a mighty performer of her poems on stage, but she is first and foremost a writer, and her poems on the page are a tribute to her skill.'

Roger McGough, Carousel


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