Date & time

Fri, 17 Jan 2025
10:30 - 15:00


University of Warwick
Gibbet Hill Rd
Coventry, CV4 7AL

Ticket price

£19.50 + VAT @20%* *Plus one complimentary staff ticket per ten students

About this day

Welcome to GCSE English in Action!

Next year sees the return of our stimulating, information-packed GCSE English in Action programme, featuring a fascinating line-up of presentations guaranteed to enthuse and inspire. During the day, students will hear from a range of expert and engaging speakers who will explore ways to enhance their creativity, improve writing skills, prepare for the non-fiction paper and tackle unseen poetry, giving them the motivation to exceed all expectations in the examination.  This exciting event will provide a comprehensive balance of sessions addressing key components of both the language and literature papers.

We are delighted to announce that the day will end on an unforgettable note with a reading from award-winning poet John Agard, who will read and answer questions from the audience. This event will give students a fantastic opportunity to be immersed in a whole day of poetry and creative writing whilst also honing their examination skills. Students are guaranteed to leave inspired and brimming with confidence!

Watch this space for more speaker updates!

Programme & speakers

Poetry reading with John Agard John Agard, Poet

Multi-award-winning poet, children’s writer and playwright John Agard will introduce and read selected poems from his collections. He will discuss the meaning behind his words and answer questions from the audience.

John Agard

About John Agard

A leading poet, children’s writer and playwright, John Agard is a unique, driving force of contemporary poetry. His poems combine acute social observation with a riotous imagination and his performances are thrilling and energetic. He has won a number of awards, including the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry.

Shakespeare - context, characters and themes Nick Hutchison, Actor, Director and Lecturer

In an interactive session, Nick Hutchison will focus on scenes from Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth, examining how Shakespeare’s language and stagecraft inform our understanding of character and how individual moments and themes in a scene resonate throughout the whole play. He will discuss the playing conditions of Shakespeare’s time, and consider how a theatrical approach to the plays illuminates our understanding of them as texts.

Nick Hutchison

About Nick Hutchison

Nick Hutchison is an actor, director and lecturer who has directed Shakespeare’s plays across the globe. He lectures for Shakespeare’s Globe, LAMDA, RADA and universities worldwide on Elizabethan and Jacobean Theatre, specialising in theatre performance derived from close textual analysis. As an actor he has worked in film, TV, theatre and radio, including for the Royal Shakespeare Company and in films including About A Boy, Miss Potter, 102 Dalmatians, Fierce Creatures, The Bounty and Restoration.