Miles Salter
Miles Salter

All About Miles Salter

Miles works as a storyteller, writer, musician, creative writing tutor and journalist. Miles’ visits to schools are unique, combining poems, songs, humour, puppets and interactive storytelling in which children are invited to join in. He has worked at primary and secondary schools across the north of England.

Miles provides lively literacy sessions for key stages 1, 2 and 3. Using storytelling humour, music, puppets and poetry, Miles’ dynamic and exciting workshops are designed to be accessible to all pupils regardless of ability and can be tailored to your school’s requirements.

‘It’s all about communication,’ he says. ‘I want children or adults I work with to feel inspired by the written and spoken word.’

Writer, musician and storyteller Miles Salter offers a unique hour-long show for schools, libraries, festivals and arts centres.
‘Rhythm and Muse’ showcases Miles’ soulful voice and acoustic guitar with his exciting, atmospheric poetry and is great for audiences aged 16 plus. Drawing on writing influences such as Philip Larkin, Carol Ann Duffy and Simon Armitage and with shades of Bob Dylan and Billy Bragg in the songs, this is an uplifting and inspiring hour of words and music.

Miles’ School Visits

Miles works with all age groups and abilities, from year 1 right up to sixth form and beyond. He studied to be a teacher a few years ago, gaining a PGCE and uses this knowledge to inform his work with groups of all sizes.

Miles’ work appeals to all learning styles as it incorporates music, visual aids (puppets and cartoons), movement, discussion and writing. He is happy to work in any classroom, using a whiteboard and interactive whiteboard and is happy to lead assemblies for whole school groups or year groups in the school hall. His work in class usually involves a creative writing exercise and this can be tailored to the requirements of the school. For primary schools, he is happy to work on myths and legends, Aesop’s fables, Greek myths and puppets. Miles tells well-loved children’s stories such as ‘The Boy Who Cried Wolf’, ‘Rumplestiltskin’ and ‘George And The Dragon’ and provides props so that children can join in.

Work In Secondary Schools

Miles is happy to work in secondary schools and can contribute workshops on journalism (including critiquing the media) and creative writing sessions designed to inspire pupils to write poetry or prose. He also reads some of his own poems – a wide mixture including humorous rhyming poems or more serious, reflective poems.

He enjoys discussing work that is particularly relevant to teenage readers, for example stories that reflect the emotional journey to adulthood.

Miles Salter’s Books

Miles’ novel for teenagers, A Song For Nicky Moon, was shortlisted for The Times/Chicken House children’s novel award 2009. His poems have featured in a number of journals and anthologies including Paul Cookson’s anthology of football poems, The World At Our Feet and Soul Feathers, an anthology of poetry that features work by Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Carol Ann Duffy and more. He won the Slipstream Poets prize in 2008 and Sentinel Poetry prize in 2009 and his poems have been featured in a number of literary magazines and anthologies. He has worked on projects for York Libraries, Hull Libraries ‘Boys Into Books’ project, James Herriot Museum, Chrysalis Arts and at York Theatre Royal and Ilkley Literature Festival.

His journalism has featured in The Sunday Times, The Daily Telegraph, Independent, Guardian, Yorkshire Post and The Northern Echo. He wrote and presented a weekly satirical column for BBC Radio York and helped to run York Literature Festival for several years. He has also been a visiting lecturer in creative writing and storytelling at Leeds Trinity University College and York St John University. He has been a writer-in-residence for the NHS in Hull and for a prison in East Yorkshire. At other times he has worked as a teacher and youth worker.

Miles has also written many songs and performed his own songs at festivals like Cambridge Folk Festival and Beverley Folk Festival, where he has also helped to run the late night tent for several years, appearing alongside Billy Bragg, John Hegley and Eddi Reader.

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Recommendations & Reviews

“I’d just like to say a huge thank you for the fantastic workshop that you took with Year3/4 children at Francis Askew Primary School! As soon as you walked into the classroom, the energy levels rose and you immediately connected with the children. The activities that you organised were fun, exciting and so productive. The rapport that you had with the children was super, and I am particularly grateful for engaging the boys in the reading process.” Frances Askew Primary School

“The whole session was excellent. Miles pitched it at the perfect level. He gave the children the freedom to experiment with words, and used partner and class work.” Head Teacher, Austwick C. E. Primary, North Yorkshire

“The build-up activities for both Key Stage 1 and 2 were well thought out and the children responded well. The children were helped to understand the value of poetry and stories as a means of creative expression. It was also very exciting ! The approach was very accessible to children with special needs. The storytelling at the end was fantastic ! A fantastic day – many thanks.”  Clapham C E Primary School, North Yorkshire

“The workshops were a very positive and enjoyable experience for our students. The feed back from the teaching staff was that they were very pleased with the creative writing workshops and the way you encouraged our students to both participate in the storytelling and the amount you got them to write down. The classes that you worked with that day, have some pupils with challenging behaviour, and apathy towards work. It was great to see how you fired their imaginations so that they actually wanted to write. The work that they did has increased their confidence in their ability to put pen to paper and is now being used as a basis for future lessons. I will definitely suggest to teaching staff that we have Miles to work with our students again in the future.” Winifred Holtby Secondary School, Hull 

“From a personal point of view, I will certainly take away many of the techniques that Miles taught the children and incorporate these into my own literacy teaching. The oracy element was one of the most effective tools, and I’m already planning ways to build this into our weekly writing tasks.” Cath Hall, Gillshill Primary, Hull

To Make a Booking

To make an enquiry about Miles Salter, 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