Controlling how poetry is read: Michael Rosen in conversation with Marina Boroditskaya, via Modern Poetry in Translation

  In the last year, another government initiative has created a compulsory part of the curriculum: learning poetry by heart … More

Allan Ahlberg’s genius

Photo credit: Felix Clay, The Guardian   Heard I can’t remember a time in my teaching career when there wasn’t … More

Lifesaving Poems: Helen Dunmore’s ‘In the Desert Knowing Nothing’

In the Desert Knowing Nothing   Here I am in the desert knowing nothing, here I am knowing nothing in … More

Scribbling With Delight

When I speak to trainee primary school teachers about their views of poetry I am often struck by their divergent … More

Lifesaving Poems: Michael Rosen’s ‘Everybody Verybody’

I once saw Michael Rosen teach a theatre full of tearfully happy children and adults these wonderful nonsense word games … More

Lifesaving Poems: e e cummings’s ‘in Just’

I I first came across e e cummings’s ‘in Just’ in an anthology, Wordscapes, edited by Barry Maybury (OUP, 1971). … More