Philip Wilcox facilitates spoken word workshops and presentations - helping students and adults bring to life their stories and sharpen the means of expressing these. He believes poetry need not be the cultural plaything of the intellectual elite. Poetry can be musical, theatrical or simply stories told to
remind us of our shared humanity.
As the current Australian Poetry Slam Champion he has worked in a wide range of schools and art centres sharing his poems and helping students write and perform their own work. His method focusses on both literary/poetic techniques and performance practices.
Workshops for schools can sit comfortably within the syllabus criteria for English and literature and all services offered can be tailored to the specific needs of the school or organisation. Possible spoken word poetry experiences include a Spoken Word Presentation followed by a discussion of the relationship between poetic and presentational techniques and their form and function.
Student Workshops allow the students to learn tips and tricks to write and perform their own poetry. There is also an opportunity for the visiting poet to write an original poem for the school or class.
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Spoken Word Presentation + Q&A
45 minute dynamic poetry performance with a focus on poetical form and content. The poet explores a variety of oral poetry traditions followed by a Q&A.
Interactive spoken word workshops that focus on the creation of and presentation of student poems. Included in the workshop are demonstrations of ‘slam style’ poems and discussions about form and techniques. Throughout the workshop/s the students will begin to construct their own poem.
“Philip Wilcox broke the heart of everyone in the room. He has a rare and covetable ability to put everyone at ease and fire them up at the same time. He is funny, inclusive, and has a commanding stage presence. And that's before the poetry .... Phil's poems convey the issues of our times and our lives with finely crafted words and an entertaining delivery.”
President of the Willoughby Workshop Arts Centre
"Philip came to our Kindergarten and Stage 1 class recently to do a poetry workshop and subsequently a mini-slam competition. Philip was warm, easy-going, flexible and wonderfully willing to work to our needs. The workshop was age/stage appropriate and the students were incredibly engaged. Philip produced a comedic and beautiful poem about our class prior to arrival which he presented/performed for them. The students were surprised and absolutely thrilled to hear their names in his poem. We were working on alliteration in our literacy program and he even incorporated this into the workshop! Evidently, Philip knows the Australian Curriculum requirements and is able to adapt his program to suit. To say that the students and staff enjoyed the workshop is an understatement. It was brilliant. We look forward to having Philip back for workshops with the Stage 2 and 3 students as well!"
“Everyone’s a poet! Phillip’s workshop showed us that everyone can create poetry by writing what is true, respecting the music in the words, and carving out a space to listen to ourselves and each other.”
- Bekk Klevjer
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