Ann has led writing workshops in schools, hospitals, prisons, on trains, in art galleries, for singing groups, artists and travellers, with ages ranging from primary school to people in their nineties. More than anything, she enjoys working with beginning writers and watching them grow in confidence and ability.
Ann has been a regular tutor for the Poetry Society for ten years, and is a tutor for the Poetry Society’s masterclass, poetryclass, where she works with teachers to improve the teaching of creative writing in schools and universities. She established a flagship project at Exeter University, working with newly qualified teachers and their mentors to encourage and enable teachers of creative writing.
Ann’s analysis of this residency is included in the Poetry Society’s online teaching resource, ‘Poetry Class‘ and used as a model for poetry tutoring. The resource is intended for use by teachers and PGCE students to inspire an interest in poetry in their younger pupils.
Ann also taught the ‘Poetry Places: Heartbeat’ songwriting group in 2000.
Ann is a regular tutor for the Arvon Foundation and has run courses in all four centres over the last 25 years. She has worked with a variety of other tutors, and attended as a guest reader on numerous occasions. Ann has taught school groups and open courses, working with students of all ages and levels of ability.
Ann was the Doncaster Women’s Centre librarian for many years, and ran a weekly writers’ workshop there between 1988 and 2018. The group was WEA-funded and published three anthologies, edited by Ann.
Ann has led workshops in hundreds of schools over the last twenty years. She taught in schools in collaboration with the Aldeburgh Poetry Trust in 1994, 1995, 1998 and 2000, and in Bedford schools with the Poetry Society in 1999. She also worked in Birmingham schools in 2002 in collaboration with the Jubilee Trust.
Ann co-tutored ‘The School Train Project’ in 1998, 1999 and 2001, taking classes of school children on train journeys and leading workshops along the way. The finished poems were co-edited by Ann and published in a small press anthology.
Ann worked with the sculptor Victoria Brailsford during 2000-01 as part of the Year of the Artist residency with Sheffield ‘Off the Shelf’ Festival. The project involved working with school students in Glen Howe Park (a sculpture park) and writing poetry inspired by the grounds.
In 2006, Ann taught staff and students at Lambra High School, Punjab, India, as part of the Manchester Literary Festival. The finished poems have been published in a special text messaging service, Anywhereblogs.
Ann has been a visiting lecturer at the University of Oxford since 2002, and has taught and given occasional readings and talks at the Leeds University School of Education since 1992. Ann has also taught at The University of Exeter and supervised poetry and short story undergraduates at Sheffield Hallam University.
Ann has led writing workshops for staff and prisoners at HMP Lindholme (2000) and HMP Armley (2002).
As part of the 2002 CityPoems project, Ann held workshops in Leeds for hearing-impaired students at Allerton Grange, staff and men at HMP Armley, members of Burmantofts Senior Action and staff at First Direct and the city art gallery. The finished poems formed a ‘biography of the city’ and were presented at various ‘Poetry Points’ around Leeds city centre and made accessible to the public by text message.
Ann led a weekly writers’ workshop in the Huddersfield City Library between 1991 and 1995 as a part of Kirklees Community Writing Programme. She also held workshops in Derbyshire libraries, hospitals and residential homes during October 1999 (in collaboration with the Poetry Society) and in Bury Museum & Art Gallery in June 2000.
During 2002, Ann tutored a weekly writers’ workshop for women in Sheffield Women’s Cultural Club.