To book your school contact me at


To book your school contact me at



To book your school contact me at


On Tuesday 12th December at 10am I will be hosting a fun and exciting online poetry workshop aimed at children from Year 2 up to Year 6. This event is perfect for primary schools who would like to give their children the opportunity to work with a professional children's performance poet and to write and perform their own unique Christmas poem. A single ticket for £30 buys your school one Zoom connection - schools can of course buy additional tickets/connections if they want to show the workshop in different classes/spaces around school.

Buy your tickets on Eventbrite here:

Come prepared to be creative and full of jolly Christmas spirit!


Online Poetry Workshop for National Poetry Day


Come and join us on Thursday 19th October at 10am for an online poetry workshop to celebrate National Poetry Day 2023. The session will be broadcast on Zoom and will begin with an exciting performance of my poems followed by a fun workshop where the children will get an opportunity to write and perform their own poem. The workshop, aimed at children from Year 2 up to Year 6 will be focussing on Puzzle Poems which use rhythm and rhyme to explore and describe everyday objects/ people/ animals etc. All participants will be sent a Zoom link to access the workshop. The fee is £50 + VAT per school, to book a place for your school email

Online Poetry workshops for the 21st Century!

Watch me deliver a poetry workshop to the wonderful children and teachers at GEMS Metropole International School Dubai!

As well as visiting in person I am now extremely busy delivering my poetry workshops and performances to schools all over the world ONLINE. Very recently I have worked with schools in the UK, Dubai, Abu Dhabi UAE and Hangzhou, China to guide children through the fun and exciting process of writing, editing and performing their own unique poem.

I thought that working online wouldn’t suit my poetry and my style of working but I was totally WRONG, children love engaging with my work in this format and the results so far have been fantastic. To date I have used Google Meet, Microsoft Teams and Zoom and I’ve found that this technology is a great way of organising secure, professional and FUN sessions with schools.

Costing significantly less than a live visit from me, my online workshops are especially suitable for schools abroad and small schools anywhere on a tight budget.

The best way to work with me is in person but a close second best is ONLINE!

Contact me for more information and prices.


“MTS students from Years 3-6 had the opportunity to work with a famous children’s poet Ian Bland, all the way from the UK! The live poetry workshop was such a fantastic experience as the children planned and wrote their own kenning poems with help of our professional poet Mr. Ian. All of the children performed their pieces at the end of the workshop and certainly wowed Mr. Ian with their poetry writing skills and MTS enthusiasm to learn! There was even time for a Q&A with Mr. Ian to find out about what inspired him to become a poet. MTS definitely has some budding poets on the way! A huge thank you to Mr. Ian Bland for joining our school, we really enjoyed the experience and learnt so much!”
Dania Kabbani - GEMS Metropole International School, Dubai UAE

“Thank you Ian Bland for taking the time to work with our Y5 girls today. Our students left the session fully enthused and inspired and it has given them a real boost during this e-learning period. We feel very privileged to have been able to tap into your expertise today and shall look forward to working with you in the future.”
Phil Yates (Head of Primary) - Al Rabeeh International School, Abu Dhabi UAE

“Year 5 had an amazing time today being part of your poetry workshop. The session was very inspiring, and the children were incredibly happy to learn all about poetry and produced some fantastic poems. Year 5 have been very inspired and really enjoyed able to write and perform their own poems in just one session! Thank you, Ian.”
Lucy Sweeney (Class teacher) - Al Rabeeh International School, Abu Dhabi UAE

“Ian, always a joy to work with you and 100% praise from our girls about your funny, inspirational and energetic style! They loved every moment of the workshop and are already asking when you will be back!”
Basia Lubaczewska (Principal) - Al Rabeeh International School, Abu Dhabi UAE



Go to the Head!

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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.