Rachel Rooney Workshop

The Children’s Bookshow allocates four free workshops for schools who attend a related theatre performance. Each child participating receives a free book to take home and keep.

Rachel Rooney has run workshops for all age ranges and abilities, both as a teacher and as a children’s poet.

At the beginning of the session, Rachel will introduce herself and then read a couple of her poems. Then the class will work on creating a group poem followed by individual writing.

Towards the end of the session there will be the chance to read and share some of the work created during the workshop and ask Rachel questions.

Suitable for:
Years 4, 5 and 6

Staff and children thoroughly enjoyed the workshops. Rachel was excellent and very inspiring! It immersed the children in poetry and brought it to life before the show. The children loved sharing their own poems with a published author.

What you need to know

Length of workshop:
Approx. 1 hour and 30 minutes
Location of workshop:
We will come to your school
Number of children:
Workshops are for a class of 30 children
Suitable for:
Years 4, 5 and 6

Please note, a teacher must be present throughout the workshop

Materials needed

  • Flipchart or whiteboard for Rachel to write on
  • Pens and paper for the children
A Kid in My Class cover

Each child attending a workshop will receive a FREE copy of A Kid in My Class to take home and keep!

Book a related theatre performance to be eligible for one of four free workshops

This workshop is allocated to a school attending a specific theatre performance with 30 or more children; visit the performance page to find out more and book:

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About Rachel Rooney

Photo of Rachel Rooney

Rachel Rooney was born in London, the fifth of six children and now lives in Brighton, Sussex. She works as a special needs teacher, along with visiting schools for poetry workshops.

She has published two poetry collections for older children, The Language of Cat which won the 2012 CLPE Poetry Award, and My Life As a Goldfish. Her most recent book of poems, A Kid in my Class, is illustrated by former Children’s Laureate, Chris Riddell.

More about Rachel Rooney

Previous workshops with Rachel Rooney

On the day

  • Please inform your school receptionist that our artist will be arriving so they can be welcomed warmly.
  • A teacher must be present throughout the workshop.
  • Make sure that all the materials that our artist has requested are ready and available.
  • Please let us know if any of the children have particular requirements, and ensure that their normal carer is present.
  • Check that the free books accompanying the workshop have arrived. These books are for the children to take home and keep, and they may like to ask nicely for them to be signed.
  • The offer of a cup of tea is often greatly appreciated!

Have any questions? Get in touch

Liz Neville

Your contact for this performance is Liz Neville, she will be happy to answer any queries you have:

07866 311486