Event

Some Kids I Taught And What They Taught Me

Friday 24 May
National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall
4 - 5pm
£8

with Kate Clanchy

Kate Clanchy, a prize-winning poet, wants to change the world and thinks school is an excellent place to do it. Since joining her school a decade ago it has transformed from the most under-subscribed in the area to the most sought-after. Their Head Boy is Captain of the Poetry team.

In this event based on her candid, funny and moving memoir Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me, Kate invites you to meet some of the kids she has taught in her 30-year career and to celebrate this most creative, passionate and practically useful of jobs.

This event will be chaired by Lewis Buxton, poet, producer and director of TOAST Poetry.

READ: ‘Poetry makes children feel important, that they’re heard’ (Guardian interview, 2019)


Kate Clanchy

Kate Clanchy is a writer, teacher and journalist. Her poetry collection Slattern won a Forward Prize. Her short story ‘The Not-Dead and the Saved’ won both the 2009 BBC National Short Story Award and the VS Pritchett Memorial Prize. Her novel Meeting the English was shortlisted for the Costa Prize. Her BBC 3 radio programme about her work with students was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes prize. In 2018 she was awarded an MBE for services to literature, and an anthology of her students’ work, England: Poems from a School, was published to great acclaim.

Some Kids I Taught And What They Taught Me

'Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me' by Kate ClanchyKate Clanchy wants to change the world and thinks school is an excellent place to do it. She invites you to meet some of the kids she has taught in her thirty-year career.

Join her as she explains everything about sex to a classroom of thirteen-year-olds. As she works in the school ‘Inclusion Unit’, trying to improve the fortunes of kids excluded from regular lessons because of their terrifying power to end learning in an instant. Or as she nurtures her multicultural poetry group, full of migrants and refugees, watches them find their voice and produce work of heartbreaking brilliance.

While Clanchy doesn’t deny stinging humiliations or hide painful accidents, she celebrates this most creative, passionate and practically useful of jobs. Teaching today is all too often demeaned, diminished and drastically under-resourced. Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me will show you why it shouldn’t be. Find out more

‘Clanchy doesn’t dodge the hard knocks, but what comes through from her personal stories is the transformative power of good teaching.’ – Tom Gatti, Economia

‘What strikes one most is the sensuality in this book – there are as many juicy elegies as bleak ones. The ink of homesickness has produced a beautiful work.’ – Kate Kellaway, The Guardian

‘In this school, the invitation is to express what might not be expressed elsewhere – poetry is a place, if never quite a home.’ – Kate Kellaway, The Guardian

‘England: Poems from a School, edited by Kate Clanchy – review’ (The Guardian, 2018)

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with Kate Clanchy Kate Clanchy, a prize-winning poet, wants to change the world and thinks school is an excellent place to do it. Since joining her school a decade ago it has transformed from the most under-subscribed in the area to the most sought-after. Their Head Boy is Captain of the Poetry team. In this […]

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