Welcome to my wonderful world of poetry in primary schools!

Writing and performing high quality poetry is a real and valuable skill well within reach of all children in our primary schools. Inviting a professional children’s poet to work in school can be a fantastic opportunity for children and teachers alike. If you are interested in a visit in your school, please take a look around my website. I promise a spectacular day of inspiration, creativity and fun!

One of my poetry workshops in a primary school in Wigan. Originally broadcast on BBC1’s Match of the Day in conjunction with my work as Poet in Residence at Wigan Athletic FC.

Watch me performing my poetry to an audience of children in KS2.

  • David Jenkins - Rhumsaa Primary School, Isle of Man

    Ian delivered a fantastic couple of days for all of our near 500 pupils, with engaging, interactive workshops for each year group which were inspiring and empowering, bringing poetry to all in a brilliantly entertaining way – highly recommended!

  • Sarah Stevenson - St Wilfrid’s CE Primary School, Manchester

    A huge thanks Ian for inspiring our school this week. The morning assembly was outstanding & was the highlight of the day. I’ve not laughed that much in school ever!

  • Katie Hargreaves - Mont Nicolle Primary School, Jersey

    Thank you so much for such an amazing day today! Best assembly ever and just so wonderful to see all my class so engaged and excited about poetry! Thank you!

  • - OFSTED

    Challenging and inspiring for primary aged children!

  • Steve Bower - BBC Match of the Day Presenter

    Ian’s poems and poetry workshops are in a different league!



Go to the Head!

Get ​a copy of my new poetry book Go To The Head for free!

Dive into this collection of poems about life at school, at home, in the big wide world… even in the depths of the sea – and you’re sure to come up smiling.