Invitation to Tender: Performance Poet to Lead Workshops with Children

Public speaking workshop in previous On the Record project
Public speaking workshop in previous On the Record project

On the Record Seeks Performance Poet / workshop facilitator to lead poetry workshops with children interpreting the history of the Traveller community in Hackney. This is part of the larger project ‘A Hackney Autobiography: Remembering Centerprise’

Venue: St Dominics Primary School, Homerton / Hackney Wick, Hackney, London.

Participants: Up to 15 Year 5 and 6 students. (10 – 11 years old)

Skills required:

  • To confidently lead engaging poetry workshops.
  • To support the students to write their own individual poems in response to their historical investigation into Hackney’s Traveller community.
  • To train the students in performance / slam poetry techniques.
  • To support the students to perform the poems to their peers and to be filmed or recorded.

Time commitment: 3 x 1 hour after school sessions (exact timing to be confirmed), held weekly in late June and early July. Exact dates to be confirmed. Some time will be required to coordinate with On the Record before the workshops begin. All sessions will be supported by both the school and On the Record.

Fee: Tenders in the region of £500 considered.

Contact: rosa@on-the-record.org.uk or 0785 322 8023 for more details.

To apply please send in a covering letter and CV by 9 am on 1st May 2015. The letter should explain:

-      How you possess the required skills.

-      Your previous experience working as poetry / performance poetry facilitator.

-      Why you would like to work on this project.

-      A description of how you would facilitate the three sessions you will hold with the students.

-      The cost of your time.

A Hackney Autobiography: Remembering Centerprise [http://on-the-record.org.uk/projects/hackney-autobiography-remembering-centerprise/] is an 18 month oral history and community archive project (2015 -2016) recording and exploring the history of community bookshop, centre and publisher Centerprise (1971 to 2012.) Centerprise published local writers, including many poets, along with memoirs and collectively produced histories of Hackney. It also hosted a crèche, youth activities, space for events, a café, bookshop, advice centre, office and meeting space for local groups to use and a Reading Centre for adult learners.

These workshops are being held in the spirit of Centerprise by enabling the participants to creatively record and respond to a currently underrepresented part of local history. The students will learn about the history of the Traveller community in Hackney, and will be trained in oral history interviewing techniques. They will then interview elders from the Traveller community. There are records of Gypsies and Travellers in London dating back to the 17th Century. A traditional stopping place was Hackney Marshes. According to the City and Hackney Wellbeing Profile there are 600 -800 Gypsies and Travellers currently living in Hackney. The first three workshops in the series will focus on the historical aspect and will be led by On the Record.

In the final three workshops you will work with the students to produce poems in response to what they’ve learnt about the history of the Traveller community. The poems will relate this learning to the students’ own lives and experiences in Hackney today. Once the poems are complete you will then support and train them to perform their poems, which will be recorded aurally / visually.

The recorded poems will later form part of a digital, online map that will be one of the final outputs of A Hackney Autobiography. This will be available to the public through guided tours, remotely on the internet and in situ on mobile devices.

About St Dominic’s:

St Dominic’s Catholic Primary School is an inclusive, ethnically diverse two-form primary school. They have around 50 students who belong to the Irish Traveller community (there is a total population of around 300 Gypsy, Roma or Traveller children living in Hackney.)

Read more here: http://www.stdominics.hackney.sch.uk/

 About On the Record:

On the Record is a small cooperative Community Interest Company (not for profit). We manage oral history and heritage projects, run participatory courses and produce historical interpretation in a wide range of media. Our previous projects include Sounds from the Park: an oral history of Speakers’ Corner and Arming All Sides: the arms trade and the First World War.

Read more here: http://on-the-record.org.uk

Read more about the Traveller community here:

http://www.hackney.gov.uk/eqal-traveller-communities.htm#.VQK75eE69Ts

http://hackneycitizen.co.uk/2009/11/29/hackney%E2%80%99s-place-in-the-romany-story/

http://www.hackney.gov.uk/Assets/Documents/Traveller-voices.pdf

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