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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 and learn how to tackle unseen poetry. We are thrilled to announce that the award-winning poet Owen Sheers will be joining us on this programme.

Programme & speakers

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.

Owen Sheers Owen Sheers, Poet, Author and Playwright

Award-winning Welsh poet, author and playwright Owen Sheers will introduce and read selected works from his collections of poetry. He will discuss the meaning and inspiration behind the words and answer questions from the audience.

Owen Sheers

About Owen Sheers

Owen Sheers is a poet, author and scriptwriter, whose many awards include Somerset Maugham for Skirrid Hill and Blue Book, and Welsh Book of the Year for The Dust Diaries and Pink Mist.