Jasmine’s favourite subjects at school were Drama and English, because she had wonderful teachers who introduced her to great books and allowed her to express her creativity. Since then she has been passionate about the power of story-telling, and her most recent job was running a Shakespeare festival with schools, travelling all over the UK.
She believes that young people’s perspectives and ideas deserve to be heard, and that being exposed to stories from a lot of different voices is really important.
Amina has been writing poetry since she could write and is now studying creative writing. She is active in the UK poetry scene and is passionate about diversity in literature, both on the page and stage. She has facilitated workshops both for adults and children at the Roundhouse, Battersea Arts Centre and other venues, as well as being a co-host/producer of poetry night BoxedIN, which has been running for six years. She is very excited to be working on projects for children.
Michelle has a degree in English Literature and an MA in Arts Administration. She has worked with a number of major arts organisations, including the Audience Agency and the V&A, and is particularly interested in data and evaluation. She believes in the importance of storytelling for developing our understanding of the world.
If your school wants to apply to join Pop Up Festival – or you’ve any questions about the offer, its impact and costs – please get in touch here. We look forward to hearing from you!
Taking part has a tangible impact on pupil attitudes, behaviours and skills around reading and writing, as well as on teacher enjoyment, confidence, knowledge and skills which we continue to evidence through academic and other partnerships. We work with partner schools to connect with local arts, heritage and community spaces through the festival programme. We seek to put a legacy in place post-participation, in the form of bespoke ‘legacy curriculums’ to embed ongoing creative, literary approaches to literacy, English and cross-curricular learning in schools.
Pop Up Festival 2017 – A National Schools Literature Festival