Poetry Workshops

Facilitated by Poet Stephen Beattie and Nicky Beattie

Each Workshop is 1hr in duration.

10 Children in each group. 4 workshops in one day

Links with your whole school Targets for Writing and other aspects which can be agreed with you. (Equality and Diversity, British Values, Anti-Bullying, School of Sanctuary etc.)

Stimulus: Steve found a bottle washed up on Formby Beach. The bottle is sealed with wax and string. Inside is a rolled up manuscript. The word POEM is visible. Also inside is a strange stone/crystal. Steve has brought the bottle with him for us to write about.

We will explore:

  • When is a poem a poem? (Content, structure, language.)

  • Why write a poem at all?

  • Why write a poem and put it in a bottle?

Intended outcomes:

  • Children use the stimulus to plan and draft a poem for completion during the workshop or in class by engaging in the 20 minute Poetry Challenge.

  • Children are encouraged to read their poem and Steve will give feedback.


Schools may wish to link a poetry competition to a particular theme or award.

Stephen Beattie was born in Lincolnshire in 1957 and has lived in the North West since 1985.

His wide ranging life experiences including farming, Deep Sea Fishing and Public Service influence his writing which has been described as image –rich and honest.

He began writing in 2005 and his poetry has appeared in publications in the UK, USA and Australia. He has written for BBC Radio and has been broadcast locally and nationally as well as having more than thirty poems placed in national competitions.

His first two collections Treading The Helix 2011 and Between The Lines 2014 were both published by Indigo Dreams. In the past he has held the position of chief adjudicator for Southport Writers Circle and he is a tutor for The Writers’ Bureau.

Stephen is currently developing a multi-media project which will include the written and spoken word as well as digital imagery. In searching for the right location for a photo shoot, Stephen was drawn to choose the Wharf at Burscough.

Stephen is keen to develop opportunities for fellow writers and is co-founder of the Fringe Poets Writers Workshop. He hosts poetry evenings at The Write Blend in Waterloo and can be found at open mic nights across the North West and is a regular at Write Out Loud at The Old Law Courts in Wigan. In collaboration with Lincs Associates, he facilitates poetry workshops for Primary schools .

Most recently Stephen received Highly Commended in the Poetry Kit’s Spring Competition 2018 for “Digging Up The Past”.


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