We are delighted to announce that our next Writer on the Bloc will be Award-Winning Poet Dominic Berry!

Dominic writes and performs poems for all ages. He was the 2017 Glastonbury Festival Poet in Residence, was the winner of the 2020 and 2017 Saboteur ‘Best Spoken Word Artist’ award and, as of 2021, has had nine Arts Council England Grants for the Arts awards to develop his stage verse. He has five Dommy B books for younger readers published by Flapjack Press. Dommy B is known for his vibrant performances in theatres across the country and for the CBeebies show ‘Rhyme Rocket’.

He will be delivering a whole host of events as our Writer in Residence from family-friendly workshops to one-to-one sessions for aspiring children’s writers, Bloc Socials and a live performance by Dominic himself!

 

Performance and Q&A with Dominic Berry
Tuesday 10th August – 11am

‘Spark, the Goblin Wizard’

Spark’s magic can transform anything. He’ll turn the bogeys up his nose into some pink ribbons and bows. He’ll make a gorgeous high heeled shoe out of a pile of donkey poo… But terrible things have started to happen in his forest. Wasps, werewolves, spells going disastrously wrong – calamities maybe not even Spark can stop…

Join award-winning storyteller Dommy B for a fantastic laugh-out-loud adventure, full of fun for all the family! You could choose to just sit back and enjoy listening to the tale or, if you want, join in online by helping Dommy B as he guides us through creating some brand-new magic rhymes for Spark!

This Performance & Q&A is a live zoom event for children & young people where our Writer in Residence, Dominic Berry, will perform a reading of his children’s story ‘Spark, The Goblin Wizard’ followed by a Q&A session with the Writer.

 

Enterprise Hub ‘How To Finish What We’ve Started?’
Monday 16th August – 6pm

Join Dominic Berry for a discussion on working with young people as part of the Enterprise Hub.

He will be looking at:

  • Going into Key Stage 2 workshop & performance settings (schools, theatres, festivals, arts centres)
  • Tailoring workshops & performances to specific groups & ages
  • How to get into the industry (practically)

Don’t miss this invaluable look at what’s it’s like to work as a writer for young people.

 

Open House
Wednesday 25th August – 6pm

Our Open House is an opportunity for you to share with our community of writers as well as our Writer in Residence. We’ll discuss what you’re working on at the moment, you can get feedback from the group and some discussion on creative processes or ways of developing your skills.

 

Bloc Party
Friday 27th August – 11am

WoW loves a party- and we love hearing new work! The Bloc Party is a final celebration of the residency, including a sharing of an exclusive piece of work written by our writer  as well hearing new work from emerging writers.