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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 2020 I've been leading the Wild Poems project on Carlton Marshes, working with local primary schools to create four video poems.


I've also been working with Suffolk Artlink on two community projects - Make Do & Friends and VR Adventures. Both are being adapted to meet the challenges faced by communities during social isolation.


In 2019 I was part of the Walking Words project, helping to create three video poems celebrating the Suffolk Coast Path and Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.


Click here to see the three video poems we made.





2011 EDP article Dean Parkin and his workshops Piece of Cake

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