I teach at the Open University as an Associate Lecturer in Creative Writing courses A363 and A2154. I am also a self-employed tutor, poet, writer, standup, and performer.I teach creative writing, novel writing, and performance poetry at The Folk House, Bristol and freelance in schools and festivals. I have a Master of Arts degree in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University College, a City & Guilds 7407 Teaching Continuing Education, and PGCE (Post Compulsory Education). I have a novel placed with my literary agent, and live in Bristol with my daughter and Labrador.
I teach very successful courses on creative fiction writing, novel writing, and poetry at Bristol Folk House www.bristolfolkhouse.co.uk as well as offering whole or half-day workshops on performance poetry, kick-starting fiction and poetry, and the craft of short-story writing. I have experience of teaching in schools - primarily football poetry - and in prisons. A few years ago I organised Arts Council funded master classes in performance poetry with well-known poets such as Philip Gross,Attila The Stockbroker, Matthew Harvey, Rosie Lugosi and others. I have run workshops and mini-courses at many conferences/ festivals including The Annual Writers Conference at Winchester,Cheltenham Festival of Literature, Cheltenham Poetry Festival, Frome Festival and others. I am resident poet on a local radio station.
WHAT THEY SAY:
'Rosemary Dun is the personification of John Lennon reincarnated as a Punk Rock Guinea Pig looking for love in the small ads and petrol pumps of life.' Manchester-based poet Helên Thomas.
'Rosemary Dun is one of my very favourite UK spoken word poets ? she's a key player in the ever-improving performance poetry scene emerging in the UK in the 21st century.' Todd Swift, editor of Eyewear and nthposition.
'Rosemary Dun is a significant figure for poetry development in Bristol. A skilled and talented poet writing warm and witty, light of touch but not necessarily of meaning; an experienced and entertaining performer, an excellent poetry promoter, and she runs a really good workshop too!' Colin Brown, Director, Poetry Can, Bristol.
'Her poems were really cool.'
'I didn't realise that that was poetry!'
'She made my words sound cool'
children at St. Katherine's School, Pill.
I am published in several anthologies and online. Last year I was runner-up for New Talent novel writing at Festival of Romance. My short stories have been published in magazines and have been successful in competitions. I have performed short stories with the Words Allowed group www.wordsallowed.co.uk and am featured on their CD Words Allowed Live!
I have performed poetry and short stories at many venues in and around Bristol, Bath, Stroud, London, Brighton, Glastonbury, Ledbury, Cheltenham, Tiverton, Manchester, New York and others; as well as reading poetry on radio and television. In August 2003 I was commissioned to write a poem for an ITV1 television programme on singles and love. I have football poems on the school curriculum of Finland, Estonia and Germany!
Rosemary came to St Katherine's School, a secondary comprehensive on the edge of Bristol, in October 2005. We had been studying poems from the football poets? website. Inviting Rosemary in to do a workshop was a way of encouraging missed ability students to write poems, and a pleasant change from regular classroom teaching.
Rosemary was a refreshing change to the school day. The workshop opened with a CD playing a poem set to music. The students were amazed it was a poem and not a rap song. There then followed a series of exercises which Rosemary used to encourage the students to loosen their minds and stimulate their imagination. The workshop culminated in the students writing their own football poem, (many were delighted with the result), and Rosemary reading some of her own poetry.
The feedback following the workshop was very positive and we have made a vibrant display at school of the students? work. I would recommend Rosemary to other schools looking for a variation in the school day.
Deputy Head of the English Faculty
St Katherine?s School, North Somerset
I would like to recommend Rosemary Dun as a tutor. She has been a part-time tutor here at Bristol Folk House for the last three years. During that time she has been a valued member of our teaching team, running courses in creative writing, novel writing, poetry and performance, as well as hosting master classes in performance poetry here at the Folk House.
Rosemary is an excellent tutor and very conscientious. She has initiated an anthology of students' creative writing and is the process of editing and getting together a publishing pack. This is an exciting new project suggested by Rosemary and wholeheartedly supported by the Folk House and our other creative writing tutor. During her time with us Rosemary has taught many students, some of whom have gone on to publish in their own right, and some who have been accepted to University to undertake a bachelors or masters degree. We have had much positive feedback about Rosemary's courses.
Rosemary also set up and ran a monthly Writers Café at our own café.
Rosemary holds regular poetry events here at the Folk House and is a well-known and respected Bristol events organiser. She has become a most reliable and fun member of our live events team and hosts our monthly open mike nights. The success of our open mike nights owes much to Rosemary's own sparkling personality and her tight organisation. We have also invited her to compere folk house music events.
In conclusion, I highly recommend Rosemary to anyone looking for an enthusiastic tutor who is highly experienced and who makes all her sessions enjoyable and highly instructive. Rosemary is a well-respected member of our team here at the Folk House and we have always found her to be friendly, open to suggestions, very conscientious, an excellent tutor, and an all-round asset.
Bristol Folk House, Bristol
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