Date & time

Tue, 29 Nov 2022
10:45 - 15:45


Emmanuel Centre, London
9 - 23 Marsham Street
London, SW1P 3DW
or Online

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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 readings from two leading poets. Students are guaranteed to leave brimming with essential insights and ideas.

Programme & speakers

My Name is Why Lemn Sissay OBE, Poet, author and broadcaster

How does a government steal a child and then imprison him?  How does it keep it a secret?  Lemn will read from his bestselling memoir, reflecting on his childhood, self-expression and Britishness, and exploring the institutional care system, race, family and the meaning of home.

Lemn Sissay OBE

About Lemn Sissay OBE

Lemn Sissay OBE is a renowned poet, playwright, performer and broadcaster. He was the official poet of the 2012 London Olympic Games and in 2021 was awarded an OBE for services to literature and charity. He is a Fellow of the Foundling Museum and Chancellor of the University of Manchester.


Poetry reading Owen Sheers, Poet, Author and Playwright

Award-winning Welsh poet, author and playwright Owen Sheers will introduce and read selected works from his collections of poetry. He will discuss the meaning and inspiration behind the words and answer 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.

"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.

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.

Moving from explanation to analysis in unseen poetry Julia Geddes, Examiner, teacher, textbook author

This lecture will address how to approach an unseen poem and how to explore ideas through analysis rather than simply offering an explanation of its meaning. There will also be an opportunity to consider how to make comparative links to another poem without repeating ideas that have already been explored.

Julia Geddes

About Julia Geddes

Julia Geddes is a Senior Examiner and Moderator and has been the author of several A-level study guides. She works at a highly successful sixth form college in the North of England and presents conferences for students, providing support for teachers working with A-level and GCSE specifications across the country.

'All was doubt; all was confusion': Considering unfamiliar forms of non-fiction writing Stuart Pryke

Considering different forms of non-fiction writing, Stuart Pryke will unpick how students can approach the pre-19th century source in the English Language GCSE. Using examples of 19th century texts, this session will explore the craft of engaging with and accessing complex articles with confidence, precision and skill.

Stuart Pryke

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.