Delivery of a teacher development session on how to engage young people in education with poetry.

Writers and Teachers Skills Sharing Symposium ; A Skills Sharing Day for writers who work in primary and secondary schools and teachers with an interest in creative writing or who teach the subject presented by National Association for Writers in Education, First Story, The Poetry Society and the University of Bolton.

As part of Bodily Writing, Hayley delivered a workshop with fellow artists Marie-Louise Crawley and Helen Calcutt, to share an alternative way of introducing and analysing poetry with young people in educational settings.

| The Workshop

Bodily Writing: Looking at the physicality and musicality of the written word to explore how we can analyse text through movement

HELEN CALCUTT, MARIE-LOUISE CRAWLEY and HAYLEY FRANCES introduce new ways of thinking about poetry and dance, bringing the ideas, patterns and shapes of language to life. Suitable for students, poets, dancers, non-dancers and non-poets alike, participants will enjoy a movement warm-up to start, focusing on rhythm, space, contact and communication, followed by explorations into how the design of a poem can shape the design of a dance, and vice-versa. Participants will move and write, developing their own responses to the Bodily Writing concept, and crafting their own unique material. This notion can be applied in educational settings. The workshop would present the above with the approach to prepare teachers by giving them a toolkit where they can embed Bodily Writing techniques into the delivery of the teaching of poetry within the curriculum. Participants will use professional dance techniques and will be introduced to the performance of the Spoken Word. Inspiration from the natural rhythms and sounds of words will initiate the first act of movement and participants will return to the page, concentrating on certain phrases and sentences to bring the page into life; a physical being.

Artist Biographies

Founded in 2014, Bodily Writing is fast becoming one of the most researched interdisciplinary arts projects. It is currently the only project of its kind happening in the UK. Inspired by the nineteenth century poet Stéphane Mallarmé and his ‘écriture corporelle‘, Bodily Writing explores the potential dialogue between dance and poetry “Essentially, we are looking at how language and movement can come together, how we can develop this combined art form within our practice, and share this exciting creative venture with others.” (Helen Calcutt, project founder ’14) The project includes research development, workshop facilitation, and performance. Project leaders are Marie-Louise Crawley, Hayley Frances, and Helen Calcutt. So far the project has featured at the Southbank Centre, Birmingham Literature Festival, MAC Birmingham and will feature at Festival8 in the summer.


More information on the founding artists can be found here:

| What is Bodily Writing?

“Re-connecting with the physicality of language, discovering the embodied experience of poetry, and returning to the page to deepen our appreciation of a piece of text. We look at how movement can bring any given poem into a new space, inspire empathy, and bring old works to new light.”

Members of Bodily Writing are:
Marie-Louise Crawley, Professional choreographer and dance artist
Hayley Frances: Performance artist, poet and facilitator
Helen Calcutt: Writer, professional dance artist, choreographer.