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I am an experienced and friendly workshop leader and have led sessions in schools, prisons, colleges, universities, residential homes, and in a variety of locations, from a boat on Orford Ness to a NATO base in Germany, with writers at every stage, from beginners to veterans, with different groups, from public sessions and celebration days to adults with learning difficulties and with every age from primary school to the over nineties.


Favourite workshop moment? That special sound of a room full of people, completely absorbed, their pens urgently scribbling away. I want participants to surprise themselves with what they've written. My workshops can focus on writing new poems but can also include the creation of a group poem for a public event - using contributions from attenders and participants - and performed to round off the day.




In summer 2017 I co-led residencies in two care homes for Suffolk Artlink as part of their 'Our Place' project. Paired up with artists in each home, we explored how staff, residents and their families could use creativity to bring positive changes to their daily routines.


In May/June 2017 I was busy working on the Shanties on the Shore with composer John K Miles. Using Arthur Ransome's 'We Didn't Mean to Go to Sea' as a starting point, five songs and five poems were created and developed by 200 young people during two weeks of workshops on the Shotley Peninsula in Suffolk. The songs and poems were premiered at two concerts in June, at the Hayworth Theatre at Ipswich High School for Girls in Woolverstone, with 200 chillden singing alongside the City of London Sinfonia orchestra.

2011 EDP article Dean Parkin and his workshops Piece of Cake

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