Archive for November, 2010

Al-Hijrah part 3

Posted in Gigs, Inspiration, Library, Poetry, Schools with tags , , , , , on November 30, 2010 by Matt 'Man' Windle

Today (30th of December) I’m back at Al-Hijrah school for the 3rd instalment of our 5 week work shop. Today they will at least start writing the main poem that they will be performing just after the Christmas holidays.

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Workshop @ Alexandra High – Weather Permitted!

Posted in Gigs, Inspiration, Library, Poetry, Schools with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 28, 2010 by Matt 'Man' Windle

Tomorrow (Monday 29th of November) I’m back at Alexandra High school for the second year running holding a slam workshop all day with the year 9’s. Their main writing theme will be ‘aim higher’ and the winning group of the day will go on to face other Sandwell schools on the 9th of December at the Public in West Brom. Hopefully we’ll get some nice new poems to pop on to my website as well :).

To Birmingham and beyond

Posted in Gigs, Inspiration, Library, Poetry, Schools with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 21, 2010 by Matt 'Man' Windle

Monday 22nd. I’m kicking the week off at Terves Green boys’ school trying to get some lads a bit more inspired and showing them a different way of learning. Then from 2.30pm I’m off to Bearwood for a meeting with Bearwood Primary.

Tuesday 23rd I’m back with the Tapestry of talent guys from Harborne Academy and this time we’re hitting London! They better be ready.

Wednesday 24th I’m hooking up with Jodi Ann Bickley and we’re just going to write, write and write until we get some good ideas for the final speak up of 2010. You don’t want to miss that on December 7th!

Thursday 25th I’m starting off with my good friend Spoz at Phoenix collegiate for a slam poetry workshop as part of the Sandwell Slam that will be happening at the Public in West Brom. Then I’m off for a poetry performance in Worcestershire with the guys I’ve been working with for the Young Poet Laureate.

Friday 26th I’m starting the day off at BBC WM with Phil Upton at 8.20 am so listen out for that! Then I have a performance at the MAC doing a poem about mental health that I have wrote especially for the occasion and then from the evening I’m at Aston University to perform for the community groups that work around Birmingham trying to give young people chances!

This weeks plan.

Posted in Gigs, Inspiration, Library, Poetry, Schools with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 15, 2010 by Matt 'Man' Windle

Today, Monday 15th November I’ve had a great day at Netherton primary school getting young people (year 5) in to poetry. They all said it was boring before the session and wanted my autograph as I was leaving.

Tuesday 16th I am receiving my leadership award for the work I’ve been doing around the city so I’m honoured to be getting this and can’t wait for the night to begin.

Wednesday 17th for the school day 8-3 I’m at Swanshurst School for anti bullying week and they will be basing their poems around that subject. Then from 5pm I will be at the Council House doing a performance for young people who are receiving awards.

Thursday 18th my public address tour continues and this time I’m in Plymouth. Lets hope some more contacts are made!

Friday 19th I will be rushing back from Plymouth for a meeting before returning to the Council House to host an event that’s dominated by youngsters!   

Saturday 20th I end this busy week off with a trip to Walsall to perform with the tapestry of talent gang from Harborne Academy.

Sunday 21st I’m hooking up with Jodi Ann Bickley to sort out the plans for the final and biggest ‘speak up’ of the year that’s happening on December 7th. Keep your eyes peeled on this site for more info closer to the time.

Leadership award

Posted in Inspiration, Library, Poetry, Schools with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 11, 2010 by Matt 'Man' Windle

Earlier this week I discovered I had been nominated for and won a leadership award for all the work I’ve been doing with young people around the city. I am massively appreciative to be getting this and I’m chuffed people are enjoying the work I’m doing with young people. So tomorrow (the 12th of November) I go back to where it all started, Wake Green, to do a little workshop and get some filming done ready for Tuesday’s award night. From Wake Green I’ll be shooting off to Bearwood for a meeting before finally going to Harborne Academy to get the ‘tapestry of talent’ group ready for their big performance in London.

2nd Al-hijrah workshop

Posted in Gigs, Inspiration, Library, Poetry, Schools with tags , , , , , , on November 9, 2010 by Matt 'Man' Windle

I’m back at Al-Hijrah school again today for the 2nd part of our 5 session workshop. Last week they got a taster. Now they will be writing there first of 2 poems before there big performance in a few weeks!

Trinity school workshop.

Posted in Gigs, Inspiration, Library, Poetry, Schools with tags , , , , , , , on November 4, 2010 by Matt 'Man' Windle

The 3rd and 4th of October see’s me visit Trinity Church of England school in Wolverhampton. Over the 2 days I will be working with years 4, 5 and 6 getting them writing and performing poetry. The winning year 6 group is also performing in assembly. Let’s hope they get something out of the 2 days!