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Date & time

Wed, 21 Nov 2018
10:45 - 15:45

Venue

Emmanuel Centre, London
9 - 23 Marsham Street
London, SW1P 3DW

Ticket price

£19 + VAT* *Plus one complimentary staff ticket per ten students

About this day

Our exciting GCSE English day returns this autumn, bigger and better than before. This interactive programme will prepare and enthuse students, giving them the skills and confidence to exceed all expectations in their examination. Students will explore ways to increase their creativity and improve their writing skills, delve into non-fiction texts across time, learn how to tackle unseen poetry and enjoy a session from the poet and writer Hollie McNish, who will read, inspire and take audience questions.

Programme & speakers

Hollie McNish Hollie McNish, Poet

Hollie McNish will bring passion and energy to the stage with an exciting and thought-provoking reading of some of her poems. She will discuss the inspiration and ideas behind her poetry and answer audience questions.

Hollie McNish

About Hollie McNish

Hollie McNish is a poet, author and spoken word artist. She has published a number of collections, including Papers, Cherry Pie and Plum, and one poetic memoir, Nobody Told Me, of which the Scotsman suggested ‘The world needs this book’ and for which she won the Ted Hughes Award. She co-wrote the play Offside and is currently touring across the UK, Europe and Australasia.

 

Tackling unseen poetry: the little picture and the BIG Neil Bowen, Teacher, lecturer and author

In this presentation Neil Bowen will explore effective and ineffective ways of reading and writing about unseen poetry and seek to dismantle the myth that poems are essentially fiendish puzzles which readers have to solve to extract a single, hidden ‘message’.

Neil Bowen

About Neil Bowen

An experienced Head of English and a freelance writer, Neil Bowen is the author of a range of books, articles and English resources and a member of Ofqual’s experts panel for English.  He is the author of The Art of Writing English Essays for GCSE, co-author of The Art of Writing English Essays for A-level and Beyond and of The Art of Poetry, volumes 1-5.  Neil also created and runs the Peripeteia project bridging the gap between A-level and degree level English courses.

Reading across the centuries: exploring non-fiction texts Julia Geddes, Examiner, teacher, textbook author

Julia Geddes will discuss and explore non-fiction texts, primarily using examples from the nineteenth-century but also including some more modern pieces. She will consider comparative analysis of texts from different time periods. This session supports assessment of reading non-fiction texts.

Julia Geddes

About Julia Geddes

Julia Geddes is an experienced Head of English, a Senior Examiner for a major examination board and a textbook author. She has published many study guides for both GCSE and A-level students.

Narrating and describing! Make it exciting! Neil Bowen, Teacher, lecturer and author

What is the difference between a tired description and a fresh one? How can you turn a dead-end story into a treat for the readers, drawing them in from the first breath? Explore inspiring ways to improve your writing skills and creativity through reading texts that make your hair stand up. This session supports narrative and descriptive writing and reading examination components.

Neil Bowen

About Neil Bowen

An experienced Head of English and a freelance writer, Neil Bowen is the author of a range of books, articles and English resources and a member of Ofqual’s experts panel for English.  He is the author of The Art of Writing English Essays for GCSE, co-author of The Art of Writing English Essays for A-level and Beyond and of The Art of Poetry, volumes 1-5.  Neil also created and runs the Peripeteia project bridging the gap between A-level and degree level English courses.