Together with our Poet in Residence, Dan Simpson, St Albans Cathedral is delighted to offer schools the chance to take part in our exciting, new, creative poetry writing workshops.

Led by Dan from the Cathedral floor, the workshops include ideas and techniques for finding inspiration, idea generation, and ultimately poetry writing. Finally, a performance coaching session will lead on to a celebration of creativity, as students share their work back. 

These sessions can be delivered at the Cathedral itself, or alternatively, Dan can broadcast into your classroom virtually from fascinating spaces around Cathedral. Ideal for Key Stage 2 & 3, the main focus of the workshops would include:  

Pilgrimage: with a historic and religious focus, we will look at the experience of pilgrims coming to St Albans Cathedral through history. Students will be able to write from their own perspectives, and that of a pilgrim!

Place: with a reflective and architectural focus, we will engage with our senses and emotions in this special building. Why do people come here, and how do students feel about it?

Alternatively, if there is a specific theme or poetry style that you would like Dan to focus on, then please do get in touch.

Who is Dan Simpson, our Poet in Residence?  

Dan Simpson is a writer, performer, producer, and educator. He makes highly engaging and contemporary work that is entertaining, smart, and funny. His subjects include science and technology; history and place; art and geek culture; people and poetry.  A former Canterbury Laureate, Dan has been Poet-in-Residence at Glastonbury Festival, Waterloo Station, National Trust Stowe, and Imperial College London. His two collections of poetry are Applied Mathematics and Totally Cultured (Burning Eye Books). Dan has performed around the world including at Glastonbury Festival, Chicago’s Uptown Poetry Slam, Sofar Sounds Auckland, and on the BBC. He has taken five solo shows to Edinburgh Fringe and won commissions from Southbank Centre, Free Word, and Corinium Museum.

Dan is an experienced educator, having worked in schools around the UK for the past ten years as a freelance facilitator. He creates a welcoming, enjoyable, and supportive environment that reassures students – utilising humour, encouragement, and peer-support to bring out creativity and confidence in participants.

Can't find what you want? Then please call the Learning Department to discuss your requirements.

“Thank you so much for your energetic, inspiring and enthusiastic poetry workshop. I was really impressed to see the way all took part purposefully, whatever their age or ability. Dan gave them pupils a belief in what they were doing and made it fun.”

- Head of English, St Edmund’s School

Contact us

Booking opens for the Poetry Workshops from Monday 2 November.  Please contact us on 01727 890212 or by email at [email protected]