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Ash Dickinson

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Contact: mail@ashdickinson.com
Local authority: Edinburgh City
Languages: English
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My name's Ash Dickinson, I'm proud to be one of the busiest and most rebooked poets in education. I worked with many schools in 2022-23, delivering workshops on a range of topics. Full-time as a poet since 2008, I was a case study in the Bloomsbury-published classroom aid, 'Making Poetry Happen'. Being invited to showcase my workshops at Heads of English conferences for Hertfordshire, Devon, Cheshire, Hull and to the Rugby Group was recognition of my skills and knowledge. I'm four-times published, a multiple slam champion (including BBC Radio, Edinburgh, Cheltenham Festival), I've performed all over the world and headlined many shows and festivals throughout the UK.


I'm in heavy demand to run poetry workshops and talks in education (primary and junior schools, secondary schools, colleges, special needs, international schools), through art education (libraries, museums, prisons) and with adult writing groups.


Nurturing imaginations and helping someone find their voice (I like my workshops to be interactive) is a great passion of mine. Creating a fun, relaxed environment allows this creativity to blossom. I'm a firm believer in the cathartic, therapeutic power of poetry. It's a wonderful outlet for health and wellbeing.

Local authorities can visit

Aberdeen City; Aberdeenshire; Angus; Argyll and Bute; Clackmannanshire; Dumfries and Galloway; Dundee; East Ayrshire; East Dunbartonshire; East Lothian; East Renfrewshire; Edinburgh City; Falkirk; Fife; Glasgow City; Highland; Inverclyde; Midlothian; Moray; Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles); North Ayrshire; North Lanarkshire; Orkney Islands; Perth and Kinross; Renfrewshire; Scottish Borders; Shetland; South Ayrshire; South Lanarkshire; Stirling; West Dunbartonshire; West Lothian

Events can deliver

Chairing events; Performance; Reading; Residency; Talk; Workshop

Audience can work with

Adult learners; English as an additional language (EAL); Intergenerational learning; Outdoor learning; Adults with additional support needs; People experiencing mental health problems; Prisoners & young offenders; Reluctant readers; Vulnerable young people (under 18); Vulnerable adults; Vulnerable older people; Young people in the community (e.g. Youth clubs, Guides, Scouts); Young people with additional support needs (under 18) (ASN/SEN)

Topics of work

Adolescence; Ageing; Animals; Biography & memoir; Childhood; Class & society; Coasts, seas & oceans; Comedy, humour & funny books; Death, grief & bereavement; Editing & editing your own work; Environment & climate; Family; Food; Friendship; Gender equality; Health including mental health & wellbeing; History; Human rights; Loneliness & isolation; Love & romance; Music; Nature; Politics; Poverty; Rhyming books for younger readers; Science; Sports; Travel writing; Wars & conflicts; World War 1; World War 2

Age groups published for

Children; Teens; Adults

Age groups can work with

3-5; 6-8; 9-11; 12-14; 15-18; 18+

Audience size

0-10; 11-30; 31-100; 100-500; 500+