About this day
This autumn sees the return of our stimulating, information-packed GCSE English in Action programme to London, 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 and writing skills, examine non-fiction texts across time, and tackle unseen poetry. The day will end on an unforgettable note with a reading from a leading poet. Students are guaranteed to leave brimming with essential insights and ideas.
Programme & speakers
Exploring non-fiction texts Marcello Giovanelli, Reader in Literary Linguistics, Aston University
In this talk, Marcello will explore a range of non-fiction texts and outline some tools with which students can analyse meanings and representations across a number of different text types.
About Dr Marcello Giovanelli
Dr Marcello Giovanelli is Reader in Literary Linguistics at Aston University, where he teaches and researches stylistics and cognitive poetics. He is Chair of Examiners for A-level English Language and Literature at a major awarding body.
Seeing the unseen Stuart Pryke
In this session, Stuart Pryke will offer a wealth of strategies to help ‘see’ unseen poetry, encouraging students to discover that thinking and writing about poetry without a bank of prepared interpretations can be an exciting and liberating experience.
About Stuart Pryke
Stuart Pryke is an English teacher and Teaching and Learning lead at a secondary school near Ipswich, Suffolk. He is the co-author of Ready to Teach: Macbeth and Ready to Teach: A Christmas Carol. Stuart also teaches as part of the Oak National Academy and presents at conferences nationwide.
"I take thee at thy word": Text into character, form into theatre Nick Hutchison, Actor, Director and Lecturer
Focusing specifically on one short passage of text and one scene from Romeo & Juliet and Macbeth, and working outwards, Nick Hutchison will examine how Shakespeare’s language and stagecraft inform our understanding of character and how individual moments 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.
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.
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.
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.