Alan (Kurly) McGeachie
- Birmingham Poet Laureate Finalist 2016/18 -
Kurly delivers highly engaging Poetry and Hip Hop workshops in schools, youth clubs and community settings throughout the U.K. He has taught English and Citizenship for a number of years and for almost a decade he's been helping children read, write and develop emotional literacy through poetry.
Kurly's flexible highly engaging workshops can include...
Assemblies/hourly sessions/half day sessions/full day sessions/extended half term projects/Arts Award certification and accreditation/support planning to meet specific workshop outcomes to match your SIP (School Improvement Plan for Ofsted) and more.
***Poetry experience NOT necessary***
Fun literacy enrichment that builds upon pupil's current strengths and interests is a highly effective way to put pupil's on path to curricular success. Pupils deploy new found reading and writing confidence to wider core subjects which enables them to make greater progress across the curriculum. Kurly's visit could also be used as a 'Wow Day' to launch a particular theme your school is due to explore. Examples of some popular themes include British Cultural Values, Acceptance and Diversity, Anti-Bullying, Identity, Black History, Success, Hip Hop Culture, Health and Wellbeing and many many more. Click on 'Workshops' to learn more about school workshop delivery.
"Poetry belongs to all of us."
- Michael Rosen
"To have good readers and writers we must first have good speakers and listeners."
- Pie Corbett
"My most disaffected pupil said it was great, Kurly was really positive about everything and we want him back again!" -
Moria Davidson - Head Teacher - St. Edwards Primary School
"Kurly delivered a 'Slam' for Health Week which was well planned, pacey and fun. Pupils and staff really enjoyed the day!" -
Andrea Robertson - Centre Manager - Link Centre PRU
Pupil feedback video
After 4 short poetry/Hip Hop sessions 12 pupils pass their Arts Award and leave feedback for Kurly,
Kurly with the inspiring Michael Rosen
Performing at N.A.T.E Conference alongside illustrator Chris Riddell
Kurly's project with the National Trust as seen in the Birmingham Post
Click here to read Kurly's interview in the Birmingham Post (opens in another window).