Date & time

Tue, 19 Nov 2019
10:00 - 15:00


University of Warwick
Gibbet Hill Rd
Coventry, CV4 7AL

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About this day

This stimulating, information-packed day will feature a series of fascinating presentations guaranteed to enthuse, inform and inspire. During the day, students will hear from a range of expert and engaging speakers who will explore ways to enhance their creativity and writing skills, examine non-fiction texts across time, and tackle unseen poetry. The day will end on an unforgettable note with a presentation by an award-winning poet, who will read from and discuss their poetry before taking questions from the audience. Students are guaranteed to leave brimming with essential insights and ideas.

The day will be chaired by Julia Geddes. Julia is an experienced Head of English, a Senior Examiner for a major examination board and a textbook author. She has published many study guides for both GCSE and A-level students.

Programme & speakers

Tackling unseen poetry, the little picture and the BIG Neil Bowen, Teacher, lecturer and author

Neil Bowen will explore effective and ineffective ways of reading and writing about unseen poetry and seek to dismantle the myth that poems are essentially fiendish puzzles which readers have to solve to extract a single, hidden ‘message’.

Neil Bowen

About Neil Bowen

An experienced Head of English and a freelance writer, Neil Bowen is the author of a range of books, articles and English resources and a member of Ofqual’s experts panel for English.  He is the author of The Art of Writing English Essays for GCSE, co-author of The Art of Writing English Essays for A-level and Beyond and of The Art of Poetry, volumes 1-5.  Neil also created and runs the Peripeteia project bridging the gap between A-level and degree level English courses.

Write like a genius! Jennifer Webb, Trinity Academy Cathedral, Wakefield

The examiner doesn’t know you – all they see are words on the page! In this session you will learn some foolproof strategies to help you write short stories and descriptions like a pro and get the grade you deserve.

Jennifer Webb

About Jennifer Webb

Jennifer Webb is an English teacher and Assistant Principal. She is the author of ‘How to Teach English Literature: Overcoming Cultural Poverty’ (2019), regular conference speaker and teacher trainer.

Owen Sheers, Poet, Author and Playwright

Award-winning Welsh poet Owen Sheers will introduce and read selected works from his collections of poetry, inviting questions from the audience.

Owen Sheers

About Owen Sheers

Owen Sheers is a poet, author and scriptwriter, whose many awards include Somerset Maugham for Skirrid Hill and Blue Book, and Welsh Book of the Year for The Dust Diaries and Pink Mist.

Exploring non-fiction texts Becky Wood, Examiner and teacher

Becky Wood will discuss and explore non-fiction texts, using examples from the nineteenth century alongside some more modern pieces.  She will consider the comparative analysis of texts from different time periods. This session supports the assessment of reading non-fiction texts.

Becky Wood

About Becky Wood

Becky Wood is an examiner and a Lead Practitioner for English with KS4 responsibility. She runs @Team_English1, which supports over 25000 English teachers both online and through National Conferences and has spoken at several education conferences across the country.