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PROJECTS

Simon works closely with schools and authorities on longer projects with the core aim of using poetry as a platform for learning through rich, targeted experiences.

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VELCRO POETRY
2023

Simon says . . .

Velcro Poetry returns and it's bigger and better than ever before! It's a privilege to be engaging with many hundreds of Primary 7s across North Ayrshire on this grand adventure of words and their power to stick. It's a poetry intervention with deep meaning . . . and it's a ton of fun.

OFF THE PAGE
2023

Simon says . . .

The aim of this project was to reignite school visits to local libraries. I worked closely with schools, libraries and fellow artists in North Ayrshire to develop a programme taking words "off the page". A highlight for me was designing and delivering an interactive workshop on poetry appreciation, something new and very fun!

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VELCRO POETRY
2022

Simon says . . .

My biggest project to date, I designed and delivered a four week programme to schools across North Ayrshire (P5–S3) with a mental health focus, using poetry as a platform for positive words and self-exploration. I also created legacy resources for the project to continue into the future. I gave Velcro Poetry everything. Why? The answer is simple. Because words stick.

STOORIE STORIES
2021

Simon says . . .

Working in close collaboration with a team of talented creatives – singer David Douglas, actor Caitlin Fielding, poet Tracy Harvey and singer/songwriter Carol Laula – I devised and delivered poetry inputs inspired by three local history topics, as part of a virtual school project (S1) during lockdown, and edited an anthology of work by students in the participating school, Garnock Community Campus.

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UNICORN FAIR
2021

Simon says . . .

North Ayrshire Council commissioned me to write a new poem in Scots and Gaelic inspired by Scotland's national animal: the unicorn. The commission was also prompted by Lindsay Littleson's book "Guardians of the Wild Unicorns". The poem was then used as a stimulus for new art to be created by students across the council, and the resulting pieces were displayed as part of a beautiful banner that toured schools.

WE ARE THE WORDS
2019

Simon says . . .

I worked with four P5–6 classes in St Leonards Junior School in Fife over a period of four weeks, with each student writing four short poems per weekly session. The work produced was joyous and a little magical. I then edited an anthology featuring one poem from each participant. My first long-term project and one of which I am extremely proud.

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