2019 › Exeter

Past event

Rachel Rooney Performance

How did it go?

Children and their teachers enjoyed a magical morning demystifying poetry at the Exeter Northcott with award winning poet Rachel Rooney. The audience heard how Rachel became a poet and she shared the first poem she ever wrote as a child - a response to old ladies who get cross with children on the bus! This was truly inspiring as children could see her crossings out, her re-working of the draft, and ultimately realise that they can do this too, they can write poetry. The form and structure of a poem was explored with much hilarity in Rachel’s poem Goldfish. Thank you to the demonstrative teacher who came up on to the stage and pretended to be the goldfish - you were fantastic! Rachel then read her poem about the class hamster in a very lifelike hamster mask! To finish the performance Rachel asked all the TA’s in the audience to stand up. She then performed her moving and wonderful poem in praise of TA’s and there was much enraptured applause.

What people said:

Most of all, [we liked] Rachel's performance. She was unfamiliar to us but we have quickly become fans. The venue and staff were really good too. Thank you for a wonderful experience. Keep us involved please!

Bowhill Primary School, Exeter

Beforehand we had read all the poems in the book and performed one as a class for a school poetry slam. After the workshop we have written our own poems based on the poem 'As Shy As' and done a lot of work around similes for this.

St Jame's Church school, Exeter

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Venue:
Northcott Theatre, Stocker Road, Exeter, Devon EX4 4QB
Date:
Wednesday, 6th November 2019
Time:
10:30 am
Duration:
Approx. 1 hour
Age range:
Years 4, 5 and 6

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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.

Praise for The Language of Cat

Rachel Rooney's poetry collection for children is a well-crafted, stimulating and un-patronising box of delights, always accessible and constantly inventive.

Carol Ann Duffy


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