Lifting Poetry Off The Page

Through a grant from ‘The National Lottery  Community Fund’ facilitated by ‘Wellspring West Sussex’ and Cara Lambert , Team Manager Families & Wellbeing, Library Service WSCC,   I’ve been able to provide my poetry Workshops to  children and young people with disabilities in a wide range of  different settings across West Sussex.

Poetry is a wonderful vehicle for expression enabling participants to communicate and express themselves in the way that’s right for them, as well as experiencing working together in a multi –media, multi-sensory  setting.

In addition to the written, spoken or printed word and sound, I use fabrics, musical instruments, light and ‘props’  for participants to create their own  interpretations of poetry in its  broadest sense.

Venues have included Libraries  and  Schools, working with young children as well as  teenagers, unrolling a broad sweep of opportunities.

DetailThemeAverage Number
of Children
Worthing Library Feb. 2ndBats, Echoes & Aliens20
Worthing Library March 2ndPirates, Jellyfish, Mermaid & Fish20
Manor Green College Feb. 27thLooney Tunes, Super Heroes & Puppets15
Manor Green College Mar. 6thUnder The Sea & The Jungle15
Durrington Library Mar. 28thJourney into Space!15
Durrington Library April 4thSuper Heroes!15
Lyminster Primary April 25thCircus Circus!35
Lyminster Primary May 10thCircus Circus!35
Fordwater School  April 29thThe Senses10
Fordwater School May 2ndSeashore & Pirates10
Fordwater School (Secondary Students)Space!12
Fordwater School May 23rdThe Jungle10


Each session ran between an hour to an hour and a half, depending on the needs of the children and young people.

‘The National Lottery Community Fund’,  also enabled me to broaden the use of easily accessible  music and sound using  a ‘Skoog’ and  ‘Makey Makey’.


“Tom, thank you for  organising  Chris to come in and work his magic in our class the last 2 weeks. Everyone, both staff and students, thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. It certainly achieved the aim of ‘Lifting Poetry Off  the Page!’ It was so nice to see how the full range of  students’ abilities were catered for. They were all able to engage at their own level    Thank you from the bottom of our hearts !!”

Anne Clarke, Teacher, Manor Green College, Crawley.KS3 . ASC

“Chris’s Workshops offer pupils the chance to experience poetry, not just read it….ALL pupils were engaged and had access to poetry at their own level. The Workshops gave pupils confidence and ownership of their work and it was lovely to see how proud they were to share their work with others”

Sarah Paige, ( English Teacher ) St Anthony’s School, Chichester

It has been a huge privilege for me to work with and be alongside children, young people and adults, ‘painting’ their own poetry landscapes , having fun, feeling their successes and enjoying ‘the WOW ! factor.

Huge  thanks from me to ‘The National Lottery Community Fund’; Cara Lambert , Team Manager- Families and Wellbeing, Library Service, WSCC  & ‘Wellspring West Sussex’, for making my Workshops a reality.

Lifting Poetry Off The Page