When I was at school, I was sometimes sent to stay with Crazy Uncle Peter. In the circus and showground world, he was known as Skin Dude; The World’s Most Tattooed Man. Today he would probably look quite normal, but back then he turned heads. Mum and Dad (who btw were the World’s Oldest Parents) would send me off for long periods with Uncle Peter. It was my education. I developed a thirst for magic and entertainment. Peter knew that I was by nature a magician – and he taught me all he knew. I travelled the wide-world (and the nether-world) performing as one half of an act called ‘The Incredible Blood Brothers’.
However, writing has always been my passion – diary writing; poetry; fiction, non-fiction, and a mixture of both. I wrote a short book once about some of my favourite acts. It’s called Terrifyingly Talented (Artistes, Fartistes and Funambulists). I also wrote a Football Rhyming Dictionary for The National Football Museum. I am a writer, a teacher, a trainer and a performer. My main focus these days is ‘Restorative Justice’, I created a schools and Youth Offending Team resource – it is called ‘Writing Wrongs’, and now it is on the Youth Justice Board’s Best Practice library. I have been commissioned by Her Majesty’s Home Office to produce a number of resources for anti-bullying and crime prevention.
Sometimes I collaborate with my good old mate Terry Caffrey, working as Poetricks. We have three interactive shows for schools.
A couple of years ago, Princess Anne invited me to Buckingham Palace to receive the Butler Trust Award for engaging young people in the Arts. [Bit of a mistake ?]
I have a black belt in the established Northern Culinary Arts. [chip butties, parched peas, blind scouse and vimto].
Andy’s School Visits
A typical school visit from Andy would be a whole school assembly with lots of magic, fun and motivation. Then he can work with any age group in or class size throughout the rest of the day. Workshops include: Story writing (fiction/non-fiction) and poetry (scroll down and see his poetry resource). All workshops include fun and magic. If you would like issue based workshops such as anti-bullying, crime or Restorative Justice, Andy can also make these topics fun and engaging whilst at the same time tackling serious topics. Andy has worked in a variety of educational settings. No school is too challenging.
Andy does INSET days for schools and specialises in methods to keep pupils stimulated and engaged.
Restorative Justice is Andy’s passion and his ‘Writing Wrongs’ resource for restorative justice is due to be released soon. Andy is presenting a crime workshop at this year’s Short Stay Schools Conference in York and he is presenting a workshop at the Restorative Justice Conference in Hull.
He has enhanced CRB disclosure and full public liability insurance.
- Making Positive Choices – a resource to support children staying away from gangs
- Writing Wrongs – two programmes using restorative approaches, one for young people in Youth Offending Teams the other for schools.
- Poetry Maker – commissioned for the National Football Museum
- stART – a peer mentoring resource with poetry, art and writing by young people in the youth justice system
New Europe 2013 – Restorative Justice can save people and society by Andy Winters, Andy was invited to contribute to a New year edition along with 100 world leaders and thinkers.
All visits and workshops can be accredited by Arts Award using bespoke booklets for each workshop
Andy performs with poet Terry Caffrey as Poetricks:
The show: a magic and poetry show that was a sell out at a week long tour at 2016 Edinburgh Fringe
- Our Tommy’s War: stories of WW1 told though storytelling, poetry, magic and song
- Cairo Chaos: an extravaganza of tales of ancient Egypt
Terrifyingly Talented: Artistes, Fartistes and Funambulists
Why did Houdini refuse to return to Blackburn?
What was the London’s Wild Beast Depot?
Why did Beauty the dog have its own railway carriage?
How was the Chiense Conjurer’s dark secret revealed?
Were Scuttlers really worse than Chavs?
What was Buffalo Bill doing in Manchester?
Did Flea Circuse’s use real fleas?
Find the answers to these questions and much more in this collection of midblowing, fantastic, astounding and electrifying tales!!!
“A dead good read” – Dr. Haze, Circus of Horrors
Recommendations & Reviews
“Thanks for a wonderful day. The students are still talking about it. By the way how did you make those doughnuts come out of your mouth?”
Abigail Bowe Head teacher Shaftesbury School Chorley
“Excellent session, very relevant and fun for the children. The children learnt how to communicate their ideas through literacy. They wrote engaging poems.”
Ingol CP – Preston
“Children worked collaboratively to discover ways to combat bullying.”
Great Harwood Primary – Hyndburn
“Andy had a great rapport with class”
Castercliff School – Nelson
“The children were engaged and the magic trick hooked in their attention.”
Lucy Hesketh, teacher – Holy Family – Preston
“Can I just say what a pleasure it was having Andy present to our students today. He has a lovely way of engaging them, amusing them and interesting them at the same time. He’d make a great teacher! The students really got a lot out of the sessions. Some stayed behind to ask me more questions and also to ensure Andy would be coming back! Suffice to say I had to disappoint them! If you have any other initiatives available in the future, please bear us in mind as we’d love to work with you again.”
Steve Price, head of year – Marsden Heights school
“Really enjoyed it. Lots of questions about drugs and alcohol and how people become addicted in the first place etc. Lots of discussion after the workshop about decision making and one decision changing lives.”
Children’s feedback St Mary Magdalene Preston
“The children are often shy with outside presenters but Andy really engaged them.”
Kennington Primary – Preston
“Thanks for coming on Tuesday. Pupils and staff enjoyed it a lot.”
Head of Year – Darwen Vale
“Teachers: Students were attentive and found the subject matter interesting and engaging, very well delivered and well explained to the level of the students understanding. Delivery had humour and the tone was clear and they found it interesting. They liked that they used real life experiences to explain the message.”
Teacher: Unity College Burnley
“Very well delivered and relevant material. Delivered in student speak. Grabbed the attention in numerous ways! Good info delivered really well.”
Teacher: Accrington Academy
Pupils: “The tutor was excellent and funny.”
Teachers: “Fantastic. Fully engaged. He was excellent and the topics really sustained the interest of the children.”
Andy’s website: http://andywinters.strikingly.com/
To Make a Booking
To make an enquiry about Andy Winters, or any of the other authors, poets & illustrators listed on this website, please phone Trevor Wilson on +44 (0) 1535 656015, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org