All About Roger Stevens
Roger taught in schools for around twenty years, first as an art teacher in secondary, then in primary school, where he was a music specialist. As his writing career progressed (first two books were for thrillers for 9+ year olds published by Puffin) he began visiting schools and running workshops for children and teachers. Roger is based in Brighton
Roger is working with the Poetry Society and Roehampton University on a poetry module for primary school students.
Roger was a regular contributor to Puffin Post.
He runs the award-winning website www.poetryzone.co.uk.
The Journal of Danny Chaucer, a verse novel for teenagers, was broadcast on BBC Radio 4’s Afternoon Play. He has written children’s novels, short stories and musicals. He composed the music for Floella Benjamin’s Hey Diddle Diddle on Radio 7.
Roger’s School Visits
Roger visits both primary and secondary schools, he is also very happy working with infants. A typical day would begin with a performance of around an hour with KS2 or KS3 children – or forty minutes with KS1. Then he will run three or four workshops, depending on the time available. He can also visit nursery groups for sessions of about twenty minutes.
This involves lots of joining in and having fun. In a workshop students will write poems. Roger might work with students writing a class poem, or poems in groups. With more able year 2’s they will usually work on individual poems.
There’s a lot of joining in, plus a chance to ask questions. In a workshop students write poems or stories. These can be on a theme (a classes topic for example) or on a particular style of poetry. Workshops can be small (which Roger prefers) to large – maybe a whole year group in the hall. Large groups can be fun – but obviously have less one to one contact. Roger is also experienced in working with gifted and talented groups.
KS3 – Because of the nature of secondary schools Roger can run workshops to the school’s needs. He do run a session alongside an illustrator and can run workshops based on his teenage verse novel, Danny Chaucer.
The aim of workshops is to have something to show by the end of the day. This might be a book or a performance to the rest of the class or school.
Performance, no special equipment needed
Workshops, whiteboard or flip chart and books or paper pens/pencil for the children.
Family Sessions: usually at the end of the day. Parents and children work together to produce stories or poems that are significant in their lives.
INSET: Roger runs a twilight session for teachers on teaching poetry or can deliver a whole INSET day. The session is a practical one – showing teachers straightforward, foolproof and rewarding ways to teach poetry. Roger will also discuss what poetry actually is and why it is so important in a primary school.
His most recent books (2012) are The Comic Café (Frances Lincoln), a novel for older children; Olympic Poems 100% Unofficial – with Brian Moses (Macmillan) and What Rhymes with Sneeze (A & C Black). Other recent books include On My Way to School I Saw a Dinosaur (A&C Black) for younger children; Beware! Low Flying Rabbits – a solo collection of children’s poems (Macmillan) and a poetry anthology – A Million Brilliant Poems – Part One (A&C Black), nominated for the CLPE poetry award.
Roger also co-authored Able Writers in Your School (Brilliant Publications)
Reviews and Recommendations
‘I have just returned from watching Roger inspire 40 Year 7 students… and he was amazing! The results were above and beyond expectations! Roger seemed to understand just what the students needed and they responded to his wonderful sense of humour very positively.’ Highdown School, Reading
‘Roger was really inspiring. I was inspired – let alone the kids! I’ve had lovely feedback from parents, children and teachers.’ Chair of PTA, Edmund Waller Primary School
‘Roger was absolutely fantastic – very refreshing, enthusiastic and clever! Too!’ Le Murier school, Guernsey
On My Way to School I Saw a Dinosaur
‘Quietly good -with tenderness and humour.’ Child Education
The Journal of Danny Chaucer (Poet)
‘Up there with the best.’ The Guardian
To Make a Booking
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