About this day
This autumn sees the return of our stimulating, information-packed GCSE English in Action programme to London, 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 a reading from a leading poet. Students are guaranteed to leave brimming with essential insights and ideas.
Programme & speakers
Exploring non-fiction texts Marcello Giovanelli
In this talk, Marcello will explore a range of non-fiction texts and outline some tools with which students can analyse meanings and representations across a number of different text types.
About Marcello Giovanelli
Dr Marcello Giovanelli is Senior Lecturer in English Language and Literature and Head of English at Aston University. He has published ten books and over thirty research articles and book chapters in literary linguistics. He is Chair of Examiners for A-level English language and Literature at a leading awarding body.
Seeing the unseen Stuart Pryke
In this session, Stuart Pryke will offer a wealth of strategies to help ‘see’ unseen poetry, encouraging students to discover that thinking and writing about poetry without a bank of prepared interpretations can be an exciting and liberating experience.
About Stuart Pryke
Stuart Pryke is an English teacher and Teaching and Learning lead at a small secondary school near Ipswich, Suffolk. He is the co-author of Ready to Teach: Macbeth and soon to be published, Ready to Teach: A Christmas Carol. Stuart has also taught as part of the Oak National Academy and contributed to various conferences including PiXL and Team English.
"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 and at universities worldwide and on Jacobean Theatre for LAMDA and RADA.
Poetry reading with John Agard John Agard, Poet
Multi-award-winning poet, children’s writer and playwright John Agard will introduce and read selected poems from his collections. He will discuss the meaning behind his words and answer questions from the audience.
About John Agard
A leading poet, children’s writer and playwright, John Agard is a unique, driving force of contemporary poetry.