Since 2000, Rob has completed over fifty performance poetry and spoken word projects across the midlands and beyond. Highlights include:
POEMS TO SEE BEFORE YOU DIE (Leicester) Creation of a performance poetry/spoken word movie and DVD written and performed by mental health service users.
THE LYRIC LOUNGE (Corby) culminating in a poetry slam with Year 10 students, as well as young people excluded from school.
SHAKE THE DUST (Nottingham) The biggest youth poetry slam project ever to take place in the UK.
THE CROYLAND POETRY SLAM (Wellingborough) A series of poetry and improvisation workshops aimed at improving articulation, teamwork and thinking skills in KS2 students.
OUR STORIES TRAVEL (Newham) enabling Year 6 students to write and perform their own poetry based on West African myths and legends.
THE SCIENCE POETRY SLAM (Birmingham) in which Year 9 students explored various scientific concepts and produced their own poetry performances to help them revise for their science examinations.
EYSIP STREET WORKSHOPS (Edinburgh) A series of adhoc performance poetry/rap workshops for teenagers on streets in deprived areas of Edinburgh.
VC2W POETRY SLAM (Birmingham) Slam poetry workshops with Year 10 students which culminated in an international poetry slam by video-conference.
“Extremely inspiring and professional. We have worked with many writers over the years but few, if any, have been so flexible and at ease with our students.” Head of English, MurrayParkSchool, Derby
“Rob is a joy to work with. His enthusiasm and energy are infectious. He is able to tailor the workshops according to the needs of the students and his unfaltering warmth and sincerity means he is able to connect.” Collegiate Advanced Skills Teacher, Birmingham
“Fast-paced, interactive and genuinely entertaining” Deputy Head of English, Judgemeadow Community College, Leicester
“The workshop was excellent. The young people, who can be demanding, were fully engaged and inspired. Worked at their pace and on their ideas. Helped defuse what could have been seen as awkward situations and handled them brilliantly.” Contact Project Children and Youth Project Team, St Matthews, Leicester
“The event was excellent! It helped greatly that Rob could perform poetry to a high standard, which led the way.” Teacher, Rushey Mead Secondary School, Leicester
“The children thoroughly enjoyed these sessions. It has been a great experience.” Teacher, Oakway Junior School, Wellingborough
“Entertaining, engaging and related well to the pupils. They enjoyed his workshops and by the end of the session were certainly aware that poetry need not be dull and boring.” Head of English, Redmoor High School, Hinckley
“The kids really enjoyed themselves (and the staff did too). It's been great to have you along and really valuable to know that you can rock up and just roll with whatever arrangements I throw at you!” English Teacher, Judgemeadow Community College, Leicester
“The Kids loved it. Fantastic outcomes!” Teacher, Martinshaw Primary School, Groby
“A fantastic day! I’ve already had pupils come up and tell me how much they enjoyed the activity and quite a few have asked when you’ll be coming back. I quote – “Sir, that’s the best science lesson we’ve ever had!”” LRC Manager, Yardleys School, Birmingham
“Particularly beneficial for certain children with literacy/writing difficulties... surprised at all children performing as some are usually reticent to do this... the initial poem you performed was brilliant – the children were completely spellbound!” Teacher, Danemill School, Leicestershire
“You were unanimously the best part of the day for Small Heath pupils! I hope we can work with you again in the future.” Librarian, Small Heath School, Birmingham
“Mrs Gee – your son is brilliant!” Michael Rosen