Tour of Myanmar, South Korea and China

I’ve spent the last three weeks travelling across Myanmar, China and South Korea; performing shows and delivering workshops as I go.

It’s been full-on and it’ll take me a while to process everything, but I’d do it again in a heartbeat. What an experience! I got to visit 9 different schools in total and worked with teachers and students across them all to change the way that poetry is seen in their schools. I think we managed it too!

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Some really cool things that happened on the tour include:

Getting to work with so many students. Over the course of the tour I was able to help over 3000 students write their own poems, and the conversations that I’ve had with students about poetry and creativity have been really inspiring.

I got to visit a pagoda in Yangon that took my breath away.

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Loads of great food!

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A new poem I wrote for the tour (which you can see here) all about my Dad’s mouthwash went down really well. Which is a relief as it’s roughly seven and a half minutes long

I was made into a meme, which was cool:

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After the workshops I got to head out for drinks with lots of different teachers. Thanks so much for making me feel so welcome!

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Throughout the tour I met a bunch of really inspiring teacher from different schools, and learnt a few new tricks and ideas that I can use in my workshops. I learnt a really cool way to build a dinosaur poem with Year 1s and 2s, which I’ll try out sometime and loads of little activities and things. I keep thinking about putting together all of these activities that I’ve picked up in a book at some point - we’ll see.

Probably the coolest thing was when one girl in Year 4 came up to me after break. We’d been working on similes, metaphors and structure and she went away during break and wrote a whole poem, that she gave me as a gift - all about the healing powers of cheese. It was absolutely lovely!

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I’m all finished now and back in the UK, working on my next set of projects, but thank you so much much to everyone I met and got to work with. Hopefully see you all next year.