For teachers

For teachers

Newly qualified teachers in 2018 will be welcomed with a gift that lets them know they are not alone, whatever challenges they meet.  With support from professional organisations across the Scottish education sector, a pocket-sized book of poems about teaching will be given to all teachers beginning their career – and every teacher will recognise the experiences described.  Click here to read more.

National Poetry Day: 'Change'

National Poetry Day 2018 is on 4 October, with the theme of 'Change'.  NPD 2017 was on the theme of 'Freedom'.  Click here to see all the resources. They're great to use at any point in the school year!

Classroom Resources

Look in our library of resources to find just the right thing to help meet your poetry classroom needs. From Early Years to senior students, we should have something to help with reading and writing and enjoying poetry in a range of ways, across the curriculum.

Year of Herbert

Zbigniew Herbert (1924–1998) is one of the best known and most celebrated Polish poets of the 20th century. His work has been available in English translation since the 1960s, with a Collected Poems published in 2007. His life and work shed light on some of the major events of 20th century European history, including World War Two, the Cold War and the end of Communism in Eastern Europe. Twenty years after his death, 2018 has been declared the Year of Herbert by the Polish Sejm (Parliament).

For the Year of Herbert, Edinburgh-based poet Ken Cockburn has written a free resource on Herbert’s work for use in secondary schools, available to download here.

Ken is also running a twilight CLPL session for Secondary teachers on Thursday 17 January, 4.30-6.00pm at the SPL. More information and details of how to book on Eventbrite here.

CPD: Journey to Kraków: Poems of Zbigniew Herbert - A CPD session for teachers of English with poet Ken Cockburn

Venue: Scottish Poetry Library
Date and Time :TBC
Cost: free

This twilight session introduces teachers to translations of poems by the Polish poet Zbigniew Herbert (1924–1998), with practical suggestions for using them in the classroom. It is led by the Edinburgh-based poet Ken Cockburn, and is informed by his recent experiences running sessions on Herbert’s poems in four Edinburgh secondary schools. It will be useful for teachers of English, looking for new reading approaches, and new stimuli for creative writing.

Zbigniew Herbert (1924–1998) is one of the best known and most celebrated Polish poets of the 20th century. His work has been available in English translation since the 1960s, with a Collected Poems published in 2007. His life and work shed light on some of the major events of 20th century European history, including World War Two, the Cold War and the end of Communism in eastern Europe. Twenty years after his death, 2018 has been declared the Year of Herbert by the Polish Sejm (Parliament).

Schools

For the Year of Herbert, Ken Cockburn has run several sessions with upper secondary pupils. These included discussion of and participative activities around a Herbert poem, together with pointers towards using it as a starting point for their own creative writing. Some sessions involved Polish-speaking pupils, who read and commented on the original Polish text of the poem.

Resource

Ken has also written a free downloadable resource for use in secondary schools on Herbert’s work. As well as a brief biography of the poet, the poem ‘Journey to Kraków’ is presented in Polish and English translation, with ideas for using it in the classroom. Further ideas are given for working with other Herbert poems, together with a short booklist, and links to websites.

Zielony Balonik

This CPD session, together with the schools sessions and the resource, has been possible by Zielony Balonik: the Scottish-Polish Book Group, supported by the Scottish Poetry Library, the Polish Consul General in Scotland, the Scottish Polish

Cultural Association and the Polish Ex-Combatants Association in Great Britain Trust Fund.

Bookings

If you would like to book a session, please contact

Session Leader

Ken Cockburn is a poet based in Edinburgh, who works regularly with schools. His work with secondary schools includes Miłosz 2011, also organised with Zielony Balonik, which highlighted the work of the Polish Nobel Laureate Czesław Miłosz (1911–2004). A new collection of poems Floating the Woods (Luath) appeared in spring 2018, followed by Heroines from Abroad (Carcanet), translations of poems by Christine Marendon.

https://kencockburn.co.uk