Over the past fifteen years, I've proved a popular performer and workshop facilitator in hundreds of schools across the UK and beyond. As well as offering highly energetic one-day visits and week long residencies, I'm experienced at working on many long term projects at schools through Creative Partnerships and a range of local authoritities and literature oganisations (see the school projects page). These projects have often also included staff INSET sessions.
I work with all key stages and age ranges, including work with special needs pupils. I have plenty of pre-planned performance material and activities to engage young people but I'm always happy to work flexibly to accomodate your requirements.
If you would like to speak to me about a booking for a school visit, please contact me directly at email@example.com. I'm also available at New Writing South, where I'm part of it's esteemed Creative Learning Team.
I have a fully up to date enhanced DRB and CRB checks and full public liability insurance through the National Association Writers in Education (NAWE). I am also Arts Award Assessor trained at Silver and Bronze levels.
“The most talented, funny, original and obliging of performance poets.” Jenny Seaton, Hastings Education Action Zone
“He was fab! ...He worked tremendously hard. He did 4 performances which included poetry and songs, answered questions, ran a writing workshop and busked at break-time in order to reach the optimum number of students. In all he worked with students from ages 11-15 and attracted more during the break-time slot. We would definitely invite him back and recommend him." Julie Frew, Teacher, Oxford Community School.
"Fantastic energy and interactivity" Teacher, Ernest Bevin College (June 2009)
"He made us laugh but also think...he made us show everyone what we can do and how bright we are" Year 8 student, Chatham South School (October 2009)
Review of Year 9 Performance
written by Year 9 Pupil, St Benedicts School, London
On the morning of 7th October the Third Form and Lower Fourth were given the rare opportunity to escape from their usual Thursday morning lessons and attend a live performance by the poet Justin Coe, as part of the School’s National Poetry Day celebrations.
Pupils and teachers alike were rewarded with an exhilarating and hilarious morning’s entertainment and a brilliant insight into what poetry should be all about. From the very beginning of his presentations, Justin had the entire room in rapture – singing, dancing, tapping their feet and clapping along to his guitar performances and chanting responses (where required) to his poems. He brought the room to life with the exciting possibilities of word play.
There were sad poems and happy poems, poems about life and poems about love; all of them engaging and thought provoking. Some of his poetry inspired roars of laughter from the audience and one, which told of the tragic death of a childhood friend, even caused several pupils to burst into tears! His crowning achievement however, was to persuade Mr Brown to provide the solo chorus to a bizarre rendition of Who Let the Dads Out? – set to the tune of Who Let The Dogs Out? by ‘The Baha Men’ – his enthusiasm and volume definitely making up for any lack of tunefulness!
Justin then faced a barrage of questions about the life and work of a performance poet which he answered with an endearing openness and good humour. All in all, it was an excellent morning for all who were lucky enough to attend and hopefully an event that will be repeated in future years.
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