About this day
This autumn sees the return of our stimulating, information-packed GCSE English in Action programme to the University of Warwick, featuring a fascinating line-up of presentations guaranteed to enthuse and inspire. During the day, students will hear from a range of expert and engaging speakers who will explore ways to enhance their creativity and writing skills, examine non-fiction texts across time, and tackle unseen poetry. The day will end on an unforgettable note with readings from two leading poets. Students are guaranteed to leave brimming with essential insights and ideas.
Programme & speakers
My Name is Why Lemn Sissay OBE, Poet, author and broadcaster
How does a government steal a child and then imprison him? How does it keep it a secret? Lemn will read from his bestselling memoir, reflecting on his childhood, self-expression and Britishness, and exploring the institutional care system, race, family and the meaning of home.
About Lemn Sissay OBE
Lemn Sissay OBE is a renowned poet playwright, memoirist performer and broadcaster. He has read on stage throughout the world. In 2021, he was awarded an OBE for services to Literature and Charity. Lemn was the official poet of the 2012 London Olympic games and is a Fellow of the Foundling Museum. He has also served as Chancellor of the University of Manchester since 2015.
Poetry reading 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.
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.
"I take thee at thy word": Text into character, form into theatre Nick Hutchison, Actor, Director and Lecturer
Focusing specifically on one short passage of text and one scene from Romeo & Juliet and Macbeth, and working outwards, Nick Hutchison will examine how Shakespeare’s language and stagecraft inform our understanding of character and how individual moments in a scene resonate throughout the whole play. He will discuss the playing conditions of Shakespeare’s time, and consider how a theatrical approach to the plays illuminates our understanding of them as texts.
About Nick Hutchison
Nick Hutchison is an actor, director and lecturer who has directed Shakespeare’s plays across the globe. He lectures for Shakespeare’s Globe, LAMDA, RADA and universities worldwide on Elizabethan and Jacobean Theatre.