Here are the main events I’m reading at this year so far.
I am an experienced leader of workshops with adults and young people. I use supportive semi-structured exercises to get the best out of people’s creative and imaginative writing, in prose or poetry. I am happy to lead small or larger groups, and I particularly enjoy working with people who are less experienced and/or lack confidence, though working with experienced writers is a great pleasure too! Feedback on my workshops is usually very positive: ‘Organisation was excellent… A lovely, supportive and inspiring atmosphere right from the off – Lesley is a wonderful teacher, full of great ideas and insightful comments…’
In my role as Visiting Professor at Newman University, Birmingham, I am helping to organise a conference called ‘Troubling Research: Liminal Spaces, Methodological Challenges, Innovative Approaches’ scheduled for 7th and 8th July 2016. Abstracts should be submitted by 1 March. Details can be downloaded here.
Among my current interests is the establishment of a (Royal) College of Teaching – I have written and spoken extensively about the issues and challenges of such a move, and the lessons to be learned from the establishment and abolition of the General Teaching Council.
I continue to give seminars and guest lectures on teachers’ professional knowledge and development, and on the art and science of teaching.
My third poetry collection, No Doves, was published in February 2010 by Mulfran Press.
As well as being a Research Fellow at the Department of Education, Oxford University, I studied for both my PGCE and DPhil there. I have particularly fond memories over the years of its garden, which was designed in the 1960s by Dame Sylvia Crowe. All the ecological principles she espoused and illustrated in her book Garden Design (first published in 1958) are intimately enacted in this courtyard-like space: unity, scale, space, time, light and shade, tone and texture. You can download a copy here.
The second poem – a kind of meditation on the college crest – was commissioned to mark the opening of the dining hall at Kellogg College, Oxford. The building previously housed part of the Pitt-Rivers ethnological collection.