I offer inspirational KS1 and KS2 workshops using images, objects and dressing up! That's me on the right and Bridget, the wondrous illustrator!
I worked with North Lincs Council on the 'I Want To Be!' aspiration project. Two amazing schools joined in the fun - Bushfield Rd Infants and Killingholme Primary. The porject lasted over two terms and involved weekly workshops and the production of a book from each school.
The children were incredible - dedicated, engaged and inspirational.
Tracy Bass, headteacher at Killingholme said, "It has been an absolute pleasure for both staff and children to work with Addy, and with her valued support and enthusiasm, the children have thoroughly enjoyed this fantastic opportunity to create their own book.
They have learned so much from this project and it has raised their aspirations in relation to the world of work. It has complimented the work we do in school in teaching Enterprise skills and has enabled our children to transfer these skills first hand.
The children have been inspired by the project to think about their future and to consider what they might like to be when they grow up. It will most certainly be a memorable experience for all those involved."
'A Bagful of Stars' came out in December 2015. There were workshops with Lincoln Gardens Primary School , St Luke's Primary and Oasis Academy, all in Scunthorpe.
I went to the wonderful, Kingfisher Primary School in Doncaster for three workshops with the school. Inspiration was the brief and I used fairy tales, found objects, images and role play to find it. The children were brilliantly enthusiastic with loads of great ideas!
Excting new workshop which combines outdoor activities and story making! Contact me to find out more!
Mrs Brolly, headteacher, St Augustine Webster School, Scunthorpe
"We, at St Augustine Webster Catholic Primary School, have been privileged to have had Addy Farmer in school to work with our children.
Addy has worked with a number of year groups, inspiring them with readings from her own books as well as encouraging children to use their imaginations to write their own stories. These visits have been very productive.
Developing writers is one of the most challenging jobs a teacher faces; therefore to be supported in this way is invaluable."
Polly Bennett, headteacher, Clifton Primary School, Southall, London.
"Addy worked with classes in Year 3 and 4 and delivered some fantastic drama sessions. I saw the children dressed up and being most enthused by having a REAL writer working with them. This has stayed with them and has inspired many to want to become writers themselves!"
"Thank you very much for the 'Little Red Riding Hood' workshops that you ran with our Year 2. They had a fantastic time and really immersed themselves in the role play that you led. The
quality of their written and verbal responses then and since shows just how effective your approach was in deepening their understanding of those characters and, more broadly,of how
characterisation within stories can be developed. A fantastic afternoon!"
Mr P Clabon
Kings Heath Primary Schoo
I'm worked with various arts organisations including The Buzz, Scunthorpe summer arts festival for young people. I'm gave three writing workshops for 8 plus called, 'What's Your Story?'
A storymaking session based around fairy tales. Who will you be? What will
you find? How will it all end? Using images, found objects and dressing up,
Addy will help you find the right path through the woods,so you can conquer
your dragons and tell your story.
North Lincs Council invited me to take part in their Art in the Park project. I ran two sessions, 'In the Bag' for younger children, when we made up stories together based around objects and pictures drawn from a bag.
And 'Get the Picture' for older children. This session was designed to show my visual approach to writing. This can also be adpated as an adult workshop.
I work with adult children's writers running critique groups and delivering workshops. I've talked at the wondrous Ropewalk Arts Centre in Barton on Humber on writing a picture books and run a children's workshop for schools called Twist in the Tale, combining the fascinating history of the ropery with story.
Come October, I'll be running a workshop for childrens writers in Wolds Word. As well as 'Dark Tales from the Woods' an outdoor active story developing session for children! More details to follow.
Janetta Otter-Barry was our guest at the Lincoln Book Festival on 15th May 2010.
Janetta now has her own list under the Frances Lincoln umbrella and she talked about how she found and nurtured talent. It was fascinating stuff.
She gave us a run down of some of the award winning books FL produces, including, 'Amazing Grace' by Mary Hoffman. She also talked about the Frances Lincoln Diversity award which is open to all unpublished writers and is a great way into being published. Everyone should try it!
IN May 2011, Kate Wilson he publishing director at Nosy Crow was a guest of the SCBWI. Read about it in my blog here!