Andy Craven-Griffiths is a published poet, rapper, singer and workshop facilitator. He has been running large-scale poetry workshops in education since 2007, when he graduated from the University of Leeds with first class honours in English and Philosophy. His poetry is published alongside writers such as Roger McGough and Simon Armitage. Andy is also lead singer with the band ‘Middleman’, whose music appears on Channel 5, Channel 4, E4, and the NBA2K11 computer game.
Poetry Slam Championship Days
This workshop is designed to engage larger groups (delivery can be divided into morning or afternoon sessions for up to 75 participants in each.) Pupils are introduced to slam poetry and explore the role that poetry plays in popular culture. Working in teams, pupils write, perform and compete against each other in ‘rhyme battles’ on popular themes such as identity, crime, transition, anti-bullying – or subject topics such as Romeo and Juliet or Volcanoes. The day ends in an X factor style showcase, in which teachers become judges and the whole school can be invited to watch.
These workshops were designed to address the growing need for children to develop skills to help manage their own mental health. Each of the 90-minute workshops (there are five to choose from) combine a wellness practice with a complementary creative writing craft skill, so that self-care and literacy skills are developed simultaneously. Each session builds towards a different poem.