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Adam Z Robinson
Adam Z Robinson

All About Adam Z Robinson

Adam is a writer, storyteller and theatre-maker. He has been leading workshops – independently and with organisations such as First Story, Arvon, Harrogate Theatre and Opera North – for the last seven years.

Adam’s ghost stories theatre show The Book of Darkness & Light embarked upon two national tours to over 50 venues in 2016 and 2017.
His play Shivers was co-produced with Harrogate Theatre, Square Chapel Arts Centre and LittleMighty. After premiering at Square Chapel and a short run at Harrogate Theatre, the show will tour nationally in autumn 2018.

In 2015-16, Adam’s short film The Split played at several international film festivals including the London Short Film Festival, the Cambridge Film Festival and Berlin’s British Shorts festival. The film was directed by Ed Rigg (Confection, Passenger) and starred Edward Hogg (Taboo, Indian Summers).

In 2013, Adam co-wrote and co-directed a short comedy film, supported by Roundhouse, London. Go On, My Son was viewed more than 20,000 times in its first week of release online.

Adam’s play Conscientious toured nationally in 2014. Directed by Alex Chisholm (West Yorkshire Playhouse, Freedom Studios) and performed by Rachel Ashwanden (Wrens, Poets’ Corner) the play told the parallel stories of a bullied office worker and a First World War conscientious objector.
Adam was the co-writer of Seaside Terror by Odd Doll Puppet Theatre, which toured in autumn 2017. Adam is one of the writers on Common Chorus Theatre’s A Wind of Change, a community theatre project which will be performed in Meanwood, Leeds, in February 2017.
Adam is currently working with Fringe First award winner Dick Bonham on a new storytelling show This Storm is What We Call Progress, which will tour in Spring 2019. He is also currently working with author Andrea Heaton on a new piece of theatre called Smile Club.

Adam’s School Visits

Adam’s workshops are fun, engaging and inclusive. He always begins by tackling the tricky business of starting a piece of writing. How do we begin a piece of writing? Where do we get the inspiration from? How can we avoid staring at a blank piece of paper? Adam uses the first part of the session to banish the idea of Writer’s Block.

Adam then moves into a series of writing tasks and exercises which cover areas such writing from any stimulus (a photo, an object, an extract of writing); creating exciting stories (with tension, character intention and drama); writing from experience (using memory and emotion to create wonderful stories and poems); showing and not telling (using ‘symptoms’ and creative descriptions); avoiding cliche (by creating fresh, original images) and redrafting (through a series of tailored steps and tips).

A key element of Adam’s workshops is feedback: each and every student gets the opportunity to read their work and have individual and specific feedback from Adam. In this way, students’ confidence is boosted immensely and they begin to see the benefit of trying ideas and sharing them with their peers.  By the end of Adam’s workshops, most participants are desperate to share their work!

Adam is always happy to chat to people about his own work – offering advice on ‘ways in’ to writing. He’s happy to sign books and answer questions from students and teachers alike.

Timings for workshops and how many are offered in a full day.

Adam is flexible and recognises that each school has different timetabling requirements.  It is Adam’s preference and suggestion where possible to allow for 90 minutes minimum as the amount of depth and detail this time allows for leads to markedly better work from the writers. However to fit with a school’s timetable Adam and happily run hour long workshops.

With regards to the amount of workshops per day Adam is happy to do as many as your school can fit into a school day, whether this is two long sessions, a day-long session or four or five 1 hour sessions if this is preferable to the school.

Ghost story workshops

Fancy something a little… spookier? Want to give your students the chance to pen their own ghostly tales? Want to add an extra dimension to their study of the Gothic? These workshops are perfect. Adam guides students through a series of exercises which focus specifically on writing ghost stories. Drawing on the greats of the genre (From Robert Louis Stevenson to Susan Hill), the workshops cover creating atmosphere, backstory, unsettling settings, plot, character and descriptive language.

 

Books

The Book of Darkness & Light

Three chilling tales. Two ghostly performers. One thrilling night. Legend has it that many years ago a book of terrifying tales was found. Now, you are invited to discover the secrets of The Book of Darkness & Light. Three ghostly stories to delight and horrify await the curious. But be warned, once the pages of the book have been opened… anything could happen.

“…three spine-tingling tales of ghostly madness.” The Culture Vulture

 

Recommendations & Reviews

Press for The Book of Darkness & Light

“The music heightens the suspense in the room as Robinson draws the audience into his narrative web.”
StageTalk Magazine

“Truly remarkable… stunningly scary… unmissable.”
Great British Ghosts

“The tale transfixed both me and the rest of the audience as we sat enthralled.”
The Culture Vulture

Workshop testimonials:

“Adam has run a number of workshops for us at Trinity over the past few years. Most recently he ran some fabulously successful workshops for our GCSE students on improving their creative writing, for the writing section of their English exam. The students found these incredibly interesting and useful for their course and we saw an improvement in our writing results this summer. A huge thanks to Adam for this.”
– Nick Egan, Trinity Academy, Halifax.

“Adam’s workshop was both motivating and inspiring for students of various abilities. As well as capturing their imaginations, his exercises were a great confidence builder for students whose natural tendency is to suppose they’re not very good at being creative. Adam nurtured the classes to produce excellent pieces of writing.”
– Laura Price, Thornhill Community Academy, Dewsbury

“Adam’s workshops on creative writing have inspired both staff and students. His sessions are inspiring and engaging for all.”
– Hannah Dolan, Head of Drama, Ralph Thoresby High School

“Adam found a way to engage every young person in our group to give them a fascination with words and their combined meanings. He made the path for writing new work clear and many were inspired to carry on their writing at home to continue crafting the ideas that had been unlocked.”
– Freya Wynn-Jones, Opera North

“A real boost to students’ confidence. Everyone is fully engaged and the myth that is writer’s block is well and truly dispelled! A truly memorable day for both students and staff alike. Gives everyone a chance to unleash their inner writer.” 
– Lin Devine, Trinity Academy, Halifax

“I would 100% recommend it to other students. The best thing is that you have fun whilst actually learning. It was a dream come true.”
– Year 9 student, Trinity Academy, Halifax

“The workshop made me look into different ways of thinking imaginatively when writing about a range of things. I feel this will really help me in writing. I really enjoyed this workshop and would take part in it again if I had the chance.”
– Year 10 student, The Mirfield Free Grammar & Sixth Form

“I have gained so many new teaching ideas I can use across all key stages. It has rekindled my love of creative teaching practices.”
– Teacher who attended Adam’s co-tutored Arvon course

“It has given me lots of ideas for activities and exercises – in my lessons, intervention sessions and creative writing club. However, it has also re-inspired me!”
– Teacher who attended Adam’s co-tutored Arvon course

“It has given me fresh, innovative ideas to induce creativity in students as well as encouragement for them to produce wonderful poetry and prose. The balance between group work, independent writing time and workshops (including 1 to 1) was great – the students responded so well and have produced beautiful pieces of writing! I personally thought the tutoring and workshops were outstanding and feel I have learnt so much.”
– Teacher who attended Adam’s co-tutored Arvon course

 

To Make A Booking

To make an enquiry about Adam Robinson, 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 trevor@caboodlebooks.co.uk