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Dinesh Allirajah
Poet and short story writer. Founder member of Asian Voices, Asian Lives. Performed all over Britain and in Europe. Featured on BBC Radio Merseyside and on Radio 4.
"Dinesh had a good rapport with the pupils and the workshops were particularly successful." - Mosslands Comprehensive School.
Publications include A Manner of Speaking (Spike, 2004) and poems/short stories in anthologies: Fertile Ground (Runnagate Press 1996), The Next Generation (Asian Voices, Asian Lives 1994), Images From The Other Side (1992 Amauta Press).
Performance/workshops with Key Stages 3 and 4

Sherry Ashworth
Novelist. Writes both adult and teenage fiction and non-fiction. Currently a part-time English teacher in a grammar school. Visiting author in schools and libraries. Winner of North East Book Award 2003 and shortlisted for Lancashire Book of the Year Award 2003. Runner-up in Wirral Paperback of the Year 2004.
"A fabulous day - Sherry was excellent and the students produced a magazine by the end of the day. The quality of the written work was wonderful and the students left school on a real high!" A. Dudgeon, Parkside Secondary School, Cullingworth, West Yorkshire
Publications include: Paralysed (2005), The Dream Travellers (Simon & Schuster), Blinded By The Light, Disconnected (Collins Flamingo),Collins Flamingo), Something Wicked (Collins Flamingo), A Matter of Fat (Hodder & Stoughton),) GCSE Guides for English Language/ English Literature (Scholastic),
Author Talk/Workshops with Key Stages 3 and 4

Tracy Aston
Playwright. Runs playwriting workshops and writing projects. Writer-in-residence for: Year of The Artist Community Playwriting Project with Trilith, a rural media charity, Dorset (for broadcast on BBC local radio) and Short Waves: a Community Radio Playwriting Project (for broadcast on BBC Radio Merseyside). Plays produced include, on BBC Radio 4: The Go Slow Club (2002), Mad Man Blue (1999 & 1998), The Crack (1993) and Whatever It Takes (1993); at the Unity Theatre Liverpool: Playing God (1995) and The Frog Prince (1992); for Altrincham High School: A Winning Combination (1999); for Dorchester Youth Theatre: All Work No Play (1999) and for Kilpeck Youth Theatre: The Fearsome Seed (1999).
Workshops with Key Stages 2 (Year 6), 3 and 4

David Bateman
Poet. Performances throughout Britain. Winner of Edinburgh Performance Poetry Competition 1990 and nominated as Best New Writing Talent in Liverpool Echo Arts and Entertainment Awards 1996. Poetry and Creative Writing Tutor for Liverpool University Centre for Continuing Education.
"Seriously hysterical poetry- a genuinely amusing and frank entertainer" City & Guild Gazette.
Publications include The Ideal God Competition (Reprobate 1989), From Jellybeans to Reprobation (Hybrid 1996), Curse of the Killer Hedge (Iron Press 1996) and poems in children’s anthologies: Let’s Twist Again (Macmillan 2000), Ha Ha! 100 Poems To Make You Laugh (Macmillan 2001).
Performance/workshops with Key Stages 2, 3 and 4

Alison Chisholm
Poet. Readings and talks on all aspects of poetry throughout the country. Leads courses at writers’ summer schools, has written a correspondence course in poetry for The Writers’ College in Manchester. Has been poetry consultant to BBC Radio Merseyside and is also a poetry competition adjudicator.
Publications include poetry collections: Mapping The Maze (Headland 2004), Daring the Slipstream (Headland 1997), Paper Birds (Stride 1990) and The Need for Unicorns (Stride 1987) and non-fiction: Writing Competitions: The Way to Win (with Ian Pattison, The Writers Bureau) How to Write About Yourself (with Brenda Courtie, pub. Allison & Busby 1999), How To Write 5 Minute Features (Allison & Busby 1995), A Practical Poetry Course (1994), The Craft of Writing Poetry (Allison & Busby 1992).
Performance/workshops with Key Stages 1 - 4 and INSET

Bill Dawson
Screenwriter, Playwright and Storyteller. Has worked for over 15 years, starting with Youth Theatre and Theatre-in -Education groups, and progressing to professional theatre with successful works such as Your Move and Mockingbirds, which has already been made into a film. Has written for television including Brookside and The Bill. He is a lecturer at Liverpool University and was course leader of the MA in Screenwriting in Liverpool JM University .
"Bill was wonderful! An excellent role model for boy writers. He inspired all of the children and was great fun. Thank you very much" Dawpool CE Primary School.
Workshops with Key Stages 2, 3, 4 and INSET

Alison Down
Drama practitioner and screenwriter. Seven years teaching experience including three years as Head of Drama Department. Highly collaborative approach to drama/writing projects.
"Alison worked with the pupils very well, giving them plenty of opportunity to use their own ideas as well as hers. An excellent day." Norton Priory High School.
"Fantastic! An inspirational writer" Radclyffe School, Oldham
Scripts include You’ll Never Walk Alone (2001) with Valley Youth Theatre, Tent of Dreams (2000) Unity Theatre and Wishing Night (2000) Masque Theatre, Liverpool. Has made a short film Flight (2004), funded by British Film Council and currently touring international film festivals.
Performance/workshops with Key Stages 2,3 and 4

Marc Gee
Screenwriter. A successful play and screenwriter, Marc has had his plays performed in Liverpool and at the Edinburgh Festival. More recently he has written scripts for feature films, most notably Al’s Lads (2001), which has been nominated for a 2002 Liverpool Echo Entertainment Award. Other work includes Freedonia (1994), Bunty The Bouncer (1998) and HMS Thetis (1999). Marc has also extensive experience as a youth worker in Merseyside and as a guest speaker in schools and colleges. He has developed a ‘script to screen’ workshop from ideas to a 10 minute script for use in schools.
"Marc’s talks were amongst the very best I have witnessed in my long teaching career." Mike Clough, West Derby Comprehensive School.
Presentations/workshops with Key Stages 3 & 4

Trevor Gerard
Writer. composer, musician & performer. Born in Babylon, New York and raised primarily in the village of Endicott, Upstate NY. Started writing at the age of 10 and recording/gigging at the age of 15. Studied Creative Writing and Literature at university. Currently based in Liverpool as a performer and songwriter. Performances and workshops throughout Merseyside and NW . Publications include The Alpha Spades (Outstretch,USA 2001) and poems in The Reed (Endicott, NY, 1999), Influx Literary Magazine (Philippi, WV, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003).
"We had some stunning work created as a result of this workshop. Please pass our grateful thanks to Trevor from all Yr7 at Moorhead" Anita Vine, Moorhead High School
Workshops/performances with Key Stages 2, 3 & 4

Alan Gibbons
Novelist. Winner of the Blue Peter Book Award 2000 ’The book I couldn’t put down’ for his best selling Shadow of the Minotaur (Orion 1999). Also winner of the Angus and Leicester Book Awards. After teaching in Merseyside schools, Alan became a full-time writer three years ago. He performs and runs writing workshops in schools, libraries, colleges, education conferences and writing festivals and has toured as far as China. He features in the BBC Education programme Writers Block and regularly contributes to TES, Junior Education and others.
"Alan Gibbons is a terrific writer" Scottish Book Trust.
Publications: Hold On (2005), Blood Pressure (2005) The Defender (2004) The Night Hunger (Barrington Stoke 2003). Educational publications: Teach Me To Write Poetry/Fiction/ Non- Fiction series (Nash Pollock).
Author talks/workshops with Key Stages 2, 3 & INSET

Patrick Graham
Poet and scriptwriter. Runs successful poetry and drama workshops in schools and youth clubs. Was commissioned to write a poem in conjunction with Merseyside Dance Initiative as part of the Centenary Celebrations for Liverpool in the Anglican Cathedral and also commissioned to wrote a play Who Knows! which deals with the issue of bullying.
"The workshops offered our students a chance to be creative and write freely with out inhibitions. Thank you for your input - we very much enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again" C. Porter, Alsop High School
Plays worked on include Tolpuddle ‘6’, Last pram from Steble Street,(Both Shorefields Drama Group) Hard Bullied Eggs (Toxteth Educational Trust 2003), By The Rivers (Everyman/Playhouse 2004). Films include Revengers Tragedy (Alex Cox), I’m a Delinquent, Now Jail Me (Alex Cox 2003), Boogie Nights (2004 Ian Freeman) One Way Love (2003), Murder Listening (2004), The Passer By (2004), Sitting Off (2005, Chase Johnson Lynch)
Performances/workshops with KS2,3 & 4

Tony Green
Playwright and teacher. Plays produced in Liverpool, Manchester and London. He has an MA in Playwriting Studies (Distinction)) from Birmingham University, and a PGCE+16 (Distinction) from Liverpool John Moores University. He was 5Arts Cities writer-in-residence at the Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse during 2004. Has also run creative writing courses for Liverpool University and WEA.
"Helped the students achieve things they wouldn’t normally achieve through work with a teacher" - W. Kirby Grammar School
His most recent work includes The Kindness of Strangers (Liverpool Everyman 2004) and the short film Run Piglet Run (2004, winner of North West Digi Shorts competition) and the radio play It’s A Wonderful Divorce (Radio 4, 2001).
Workshops with Key Stages 3 and 4

John Hughes
Storyteller and poet. Performances and workshops throughout Merseyside and the North West. A lively performance style which can transfix an audience, leaving them with memories, anecdotes and stories to pass on to others as part of oral tradition. Venues for storytelling as diverse as country parks, museums, a double-decker bus, conferences and shopping centres. He is also a comedy sketch writer, whose work has featured on local radio, and the stand-up comedian known on the circuit as Johnny B. Hughes.
"Excellent, all involved enjoyed the experience- we will see you next year!" -Ainsdale High School.
Performance/workshops with Key Stages 1 - 4 and INSET

Nathan Allen Jones
Poet. Workshops in writing and performance poetry in schools, community centres and in LJMU. Runs Fiction@ FACT, a monthly multimedia poetry performance event and is a regular performer on the Liverpool poetry circuit. Publications include contributions to Mercy Magazine (Dazed And Confused, 2004), Poetry Pool #2 (LJMU, 2003).
"His session was well planned with good use of worksheets and language. Throughout the session he constantly helped the children express their ideas, moving around the classroom, giving help/advice where required."- Halsnead Primary School
Workshops with Key Stages 2-4

Hilary Keating
Poet and children’s author. Also writes television scripts and personalised poems. Runs writing workshops in schools and in health and community centres. Designed and produced two gallery trails for Tate Liverpool, which included educational games to stimulate interest in the artworks and inspire children to create a piece of writing. Publications include I Can, You Can, We Can (2005) Mr Men and Fireman Sam (Redan Publications, 1995-1997) and television scripts for Wizadora (ITV, 1997-1998) and poetry broadcast on BBC Radio Merseyside and BBC Radio York
"Very well paced and pitched - captured the children’s imagination - produced some lovely work. Brilliant" - Park Primary School, Wallasey
Workshops with Key Stages 1-4


John Malam
Author. Having trained as an archaeologist, many of his books are about history (Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Vikings, Tudors and World War II) but he also writes books on other topics such as cars, aircraft and dinosaurs. Has visited schools throughout the UK, giving lively author talks on how non-fiction books are created. John runs team-based workshop sessions, where the children assume the various roles to create a book.
"We feel that the children benefited greatly from the experience and are now more aware of the complexities of producing information books. We would definitely invite him back to work with children here again" M.Davies, Byley PS
He has written nearly 200 information books for children with publishers such as Dorling Kindersley, Hodder, Kingfisher and Book House.
Author talks/workshops Key Stages 1 - 4


Eleanor Rees
Poet. Runs poetry workshops in playschemes, schools and with older people and writers groups. Teaches Creative writing at MMU, Hope, and Liverpool University Continuing Education. Commissions include www.speakerscorner.org.uk, an interactive SMS and Internet poem displayed in Huddersfield town centre and poems for City Memories, NMGM. Winner of Eric Gregory Award for Poetry 2002.
Publications include collection Feeding Fire (Spout Publications, Huddersfield 2001) and poems in Paper, Scissors, Stone (UEA, Norwich 2002).
"A brilliant day enjoyed by all. The competition was a great success and some good work was produced. Have recommended Eleanor to other schools" Rock Ferry High School, Wirral
Performance/workshops with Key Stages 2, 3 and 4



Joe Standerline
Dramatist. Experienced workshop facilitator working with school groups, excluded young people, and community groups. Founder member of Splinter Group Theatre Company, which has built up a repertoire of over 15 original productions. Adapts novels into stage plays for Oxford University Press, Heinemann and Harcourt Education. Joe is also an actor and has appeared in numerous productions. He completed the MA in Screenwriting at Liverpool John Moores University (2004).
"Fun! Worth not skiving for" Yr12 student, Outward Grange School
Publications include Exchanges (2005 OUP) and play adaptations of Robert Swindells’ Brother in the Land (2004 OUP), Daz 4 Zoe (2000 Heinemann), Room 13 (1999 Heinemann) and Stone Cold (1993 Stanley Thornes). www..joestanderline.com


Peter Street
Poet. Performs wherever people will listen to him: "Like a wandering medieval minstrel, he’s bringing his art to the people." Ernest Beck, Wall Street Journal. He has been visiting schools since 1987 and major projects include writers residencies for the Poetry Society (Wigan Fish n’ Chips), Hindley Y.O.I. and HMP Manchester, and has worked with BBC GMR and the International Youth Camp, England.
"Peter writes what he experiences and makes poetry out of what he hears, feels - and what he feels is akin to Owen’s pity - indignation tempered by pity. Peter Street’s poems are always intensely human and humane" Matt Simpson
Publications: Trees Will Be Trees (Shoestring Press 2001) Still Standing (Towpath 1998) and Out Of The Fire (Spike 1993)
Performance/workshops with Key Stages 2, 3 and 4

Levi Tafari
Poet. International tours include USA, Europe, Middle East, Far East and Africa. Performances in major venues in London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Hay-on-Wye. TV appearances include ‘Black on Black’ (Channel 4), ‘Blue Peter’ and ‘Grange Hill’ (BBC).
"From the moment Levi began working with the children it became apparent that the experience would be a memorable one. He engaged their interest in poetry and had them becoming ‘poets’ very quickly." - Little Sutton C.E. Primary.
Publications include Duboetry, (Merseyside Poetry Minibooks 1987, 1988, 2001), Rhyme Don’t Pay (Headland 1993) and poems in anthologies:- Life Doesn’t Frighten Me at All (Heinemann), News For Babylon (Chatto & Windus), Kiss (Crocus), Dub Poetry (Michael Schwinn) and The New British Poetry (Paladin).
Performance/workshops with Key Stages 1 - 4

Taffy Thomas
Storyteller. With over 20 years national and international experience, Taffy is at ease with all types of audiences - formal performances, festivals or children’s workshops.
"Taffy Thomas is a story teller in the true tradition; he conveys the vitality and enthusiasm for the spoken word, that make story telling such a compelling entertainment" Anne Brown, BBC.
He founded the legendary folk theatre company Magic Lantern which travelled throughout Europe and the rural community arts companies Charivari and Dancetales and is the artistic director of the Northern Centre for Storytelling. In the New Year Honours List, he was awarded the MBE for services to storytelling and charity.
Performances/workshops Key Stages 1 - 4 and INSET


Angela Topping
Poet and drama facilitator. Experienced writer and teacher who believes in active learning, leading workshops with all ages from nursery to elders, building confidence in their ability to write, tell stories and make books. Widely published, she has performed and been poet-in-residence in a wide range of venues such as schools, libraries, bookshops and hospices. .
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Performances/workshops Key Stages 1 - 5

Dave Ward
Poet and short story writer. Experienced writing workshop leader since 1971 and Windows Project Co-ordinator since its establishment in 1976. Work broadcast on BBC 2, Radio 4, Radio 1and BBC School Radio.
"Dave was an inspiration to the students - they have begun writing a piece of original writing for their GCSE in English which is extremely helpful. It was a real privilege to have Dave at the school - some students were in awe and inspired by his writing" : Belinda Ludlow, The Bluecoat School.
Publications include Candy and Jazzz (OUP 1994), Jambo (Impact Books 1993), Tracts (Headland 1996) and work in anthologies includes Read Me and Laugh (Macmillan 2005), The Poetry Store (Hodder 2005) and the Gary Lineker Books of Favourite Football Stories (Macmillan 1997 and 1998).
Performance/workshops with Key Stages 1 - 4 and INSET

Curtis Watt
Performance Poet. Regular performances/workshops in Merseyside and national venues. International tours include South Africa, Germany, USA and Czechoslovakia. "The workshop provided by Curtis was outstanding. His dynamic approach was most successful in engaging and challenging students’ approaches to poetry." : Gifted & Talented lead co-ordinator for North East Liverpool.
Film and television credits for writing and performing song/rap in Who put the beat in Merseybeat and STUSSH 2, (Granada TV), Hearts & Minds (C4) and as an actor playing KC in Supply & Demand (MerseyTV), Simon in The League of Gentleman (BBC) and Jonny Boateng in Liverpool 1 (ITV).
Performance/ workshops with Key Stages 2,3 & 4

Glyn Wright
Poet. Performances throughout Britain and has been a Writer in Residence for Aldeburgh Poetry Festival. His work is featured in GCSE coursebook Three Contemporary Poets. Workshops are based on rhythm, drama and narrative and aim to encourage quality descriptive writing through a variety of themes.
"Finished products were excellent and the children were inspired. Glyn has high expectations of even the less able pupils" Cowley High School.
Publications include Shindig (Bloodaxe, 1997), Could Have Been Funny (Spike 1995): a Poetry Book Society Choice, shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize, winner of the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival Prize. Poems in collections include Three Contemporary Poets (Hodder & Stoughton 1997); Stand, Poetry Nottingham and Smiths Knoll.
Performance/workshops with Key Stages 2, 3 and 4

Tree of Dreams
A poem saga by David Greygoose; a story told in riddles, music and song.
"A marvellous story - it will stand next to Hans Christian Anderson." Adrian Mitchell
Performances of approx. 45 minutes duration with narrator, multi-instrumentalist and puppeteer. Published by Collins Educational (1996). Audio cassette available from Spike.
Venues have included an Asda superstore, Sefton Park Palmhouse, Arrowe Country Park, Norton Priory Museum, schools and libraries and on tour in Singapore to primary schools, Borders bookshop and Nanyang University Theatre Studio. Featured on Talbot’s Travels (Granada TV).
Performances with Key Stages 1 and 2


Associated Artists

The Punch and ECO Judy Show
A meaningful, educational and magical rendering of the Punch & Judy show, designed for young children – but also delights people of all ages. Covers all ages of a young child’s curriculum ages 4 – 8+.
Puppet show performance of 30 minutes, followed by structured workshops (30-40 minutes) of group poem writing, craft workshops, looking at reptiles, healthy eating, recycling game and story-time.

Becky Vipond
Visual artist. Using art techniques from painting to photography and collage to ceramics, has led art-related workshops in playschemes and youth clubs, as well as in schools.
Runs art workshops for ages ranging from 4 to 74 for various art organisations throughout Merseyside. Workshops can be aimed at both individuals and large scale collaborative projects.
Workshops with Key Stages 1- 4

Karl Eversley
Mural artist. Workshops in Merseyside schools have included South Wirral High School, Croxteth Comprehensive School and Liverpool Community College.
Commissions have included The Winds of Change project for The Blackie, The Africa Explores exhibition at the Tate Gallery, Liverpool. Artist residencies and workshops include The Walker Art Gallery and Liverpool City Council Arts in Schools summer projects.
Workshops with Key Stages 2, 3 & 4

Mairie Gelling
Bookmaker and designer. Has a particular interest in the creative development of the bookform as a handmade object these can be used to support curriculum needs or create a platform for reflective and expressive work. Has experience of working with a variety of groups in the community. Also works with playschemes and schools on both book-making and visual arts projects, including mask-making, puppet-making and textile art.
"Mairie’s workshops were superb. The work she produced with the boys was excellent and they were totally involved in what they were doing. The workshops surpassed our expectations. We would love to have her visit our school again." -Lower Lee School, Liverpool
Workshops with Key Stages 1 - 4

Zi Lan Liao
Musician and dancer. A talented performer in both the concert harp and the Ku-Cheng (Chinese harp). Has performed at The Royal Albert Hall and Royal Festival Hall in London, the Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool and the Royal Exchange in Manchester. Has toured worldwide including USA, Australia and Indonesia. She has made numerous appearances on television and radio in UK, Europe and Australia.
"Star of the show was the talented and chatty Zi Lan Liao, graduated from London's Royal Acadamy of Music, who gave an amusing and informative demonstration of both the Western and Chinese Harp." Cheshire Chronicle.
Workshops/Performances with Key Stages 2, 3 & 4

Cathy Wu
Artist and teacher of Chinese culture and arts, has held exhibitions and given talks in schools, galleries and museums in Liverpool, Manchester, Edinburgh, London and Hong Kong.
A trained primary school teacher. Specialises in Chinese calligraphy, painting, Tai Chi Chuen, Peking opera masks, kite design, origami, paper cutting and Chinese dance.
Demonstrations and Workshops KS1 - 4

Oscar Carrasco
Latin American drummer from Chile. Has led workshops in a wide variety of contexts: for Windows Project in primary and secondary schools and also HMP Risley.
Brings up to 10 hand-drums with which he can work with a whole class on a shared basis.
Workshops with Key Stages 2, 3 & 4

Purvi Parikh
Indian dance and cultural workshops. Working with the whole class or in smaller groups to teach various energetic styles of Indian dances including Folk, Stick, Garba, Bhangra and Bollywood. Indian culture can be experienced through Sari Dressing workshops, Henna Tattoos, Indian Cooking classes and Hinduism through the dance, stories and powerpoint presentation. Themed festival days such as Divali (Festival of Light) and Holi (Festival of Colours) can be celebrated.
"Without exception, all sessions have been well attended with excellent feedback - indeed, so popular have they been that potential visitors have contacted the organisation to find out when she is to return" - Merseyside Maritime Museum
Workshops with Key Stages 1-4

Yoshiko Kurokawa
Origami artist. Started learning origami from her grandmother at pre-school age in Tokyo. In common with many Japanese children she enjoyed paper crafts at school. On moving to England, she rediscovered her skills. Has given many workshops throughout Manchester, Liverpool and the North West. She is a recognised origami instructor by the Nippon Origami Association and is a member of the British Origami Society.
"Workshop participants really enjoyed themselves whilst learning new activities and cultures through the work you have done with them. People have been thoroughly impressed by the standards of the workshops set by you" -Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester
Workshops with Key Stages 1 - 4



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