I am a poet, photographer and performer. A linguist by training, I studied Modern and Medieval Languages at Cambridge University. I worked as a phonetician for the Oxford English Dictionary, as a translator and in publishing before setting up theBigBuzz in 2007 to ‘bring poetry to life’ and promote learning through laughter, rhythm and rhyme.
I am on North Yorkshire Schools Library Service’s list of recommended authors for school visits. I visit primary schools across Yorkshire & the Humber and beyond.
My book ‘Buzzing! Discover the poetry in garden minibeasts’ has a Foreword by the Bumblebee Conservation Trust and is a National Insect Week recommended children’s book and teachers’ resource. You can view sample pages and download a free teachers' resource at http://www.thebigbuzz.biz/books.html
I have performed my ‘edu-taining’ poetry shows at festivals and theatres nationwide. I have been commissioned by the BBC to write and perform poems for e.g. the Radio 2 Arts Show and Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour. Competitions I have won include the New Statesman Limerick Competition.
I offer cross-curricular poetry shows and workshops for early years, KS1 and KS2. Buzzing!, for example, is my multimedia show about garden minibeasts. consisting of scientifically accurate, amusing poems, projected photos and audience participation. It covers science, poetry, maths, music, French, outdoor learning, sustainability ... Schools often invite me to visit during their book/poetry/science/green week, or when working towards Eco-Schools or ArtsMark awards.
In my follow-up workshops I aim to inspire pupils to enjoy playing with words and expressing themselves confidently in poetry. I want to leave pupils (and teachers) buzzing with enthusiasm and excitement for words and what they can do.
I also provide follow-up nature photography workshops (http://www.thebigbuzz.biz/photography_workshops.html)
I have developed a KS2 Writer in Residence programme (http://wp.me/p26tX-lD) and have experience with gifted and talented KS2 children, e.g. for Ledbury Poetry Festival’s Poets in Schools programme (http://wp.me/p26tX-88).
Find out more about my education work at: http://www.thebigbuzz.biz/education.html
Schools’ feedback is at: http://www.thebigbuzz.biz/feedback2.html
It is my great pleasure to write a reference for Anneliese Emmans Dean. My class was incredibly fortunate to pay a visit to St. Nicholas Field and be both entertained and educated by Anneliese and 'The Big Buzz'! It was a truly magnificent performance and the children sat enthralled with mouths wide open. There was hardly a murmur as they hung on her every word. A combination of Literacy Poetry, Science and Art in an hour - Inspirational to both the children and me as a teacher! We have booked a follow up visit and are really looking forward to her return.
Archbishop of York's Church of England Junior School
Anneliese visited St. Piran's School and gave an enthusiastic and mesmerising performance of The Big Buzz to a group of 9 - 11 year olds. The show is a collection of amusing poems on the wildlife in Anneliese's back garden, with the added extra of breathtaking photography and carefully selected music. It was a resounding success and even now several months on I still hear the children singing their particular favourite "Charlie is an earthworm" as I walk round school. My favourites were Doug the slug, with his distinctive York accent and the 22 spot ladybird. Anneliese's ability to deliver a flawless performance with such speed and clarity despite the complex nature of the poems has to be heard to be believed. The pupils were spellbound and their vocabulary most definitely enriched. Anyone wondering if this show would be suitable for their school should most definitely contact Anneliese right away!
I hope this will suffice - Anneliese really is an amazing talent!
St. Piran's School, Yorkshire
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