I am a published poet/performance poet; published writer of various other genres.
I work in a range of adult education settings including custodial,community education,and with writers/writer organisations such as The Poetry School; and I also work in schools and youth service settings around the South West UK.
I have worked as lead writer and poet coach, teacher of writing plays, poetry for performance or for page, monologues, stories and other literary forms. Some of the work my students work has been presented to theatre audiences, school audiences, or have been used for school displays, exhibitions and portfolios.
Both my own writing and my educational practice is shaped by the physical voice, the sound a poem, the meeting of the written and spoken word, theatre practice, outdoor locations and heritage environments, poetry forms, advocacy for cultural capital, and the underdog who bites back.
I am an Arts Award Advisor and am also currently studying a PG Cert in Coaching and Mentoring.
Lucy Lephani worked with 38 Year 3/4 children of my class on 15 March 2006.
We experienced together a cold but fine morning out of school, at the Devonport heat near Burrator. The children were engaged in environmental games, videoing and producing sound material to make their own video.
In the afternoon Lucy conducted a writing workshop with all the children. She started the session in a darkened hall getting the children to re-live the sensations of the morning and finding words to describe these sensations.
Once back in the classroom these words and many others were transferred to the black board. Using words from this list the children wrote a poem, a narrative or a report about their morning.
I was extremely impressed with Lucy's control of 38 excited children. Her dramatic method of eliciting words from the children was extremely effective and she used praise and encouragement throughout the session.
The quality of writing produced by the children is excellent and will be made into a book to share with the other schools involved in the heat project. Two special needs children using a cribe/computer have produced 2 excellent poems.
I would have no hesitation, whatsoever, in recommending Lucy Lepchani as a member of the National Association of Writers in Education and to be registered on the Professional Directory.
Class Teacher Yr3/4
Meavy C of E Primary School, Devon
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