The Poet from the Peaks

Poet and Specialist Poetry Teacher



I am Andy Tooze a fifty two year old poet from Buxton, Derbyshire. Before working as a full-time poet, I spent nine years working in primary schools (working with all ages from Nursery to Year 6) from where I draw a lot of my inspiration and professionalism.
I visit primary schools to deliver an exciting poetry experience. All my sessions are dynamic and interactive, involving speaking, listening, reading, writing and drama. I will read my poems and answer questions about their stimulus, form and content. I will give the children a variety of simple, helpful hints to enable them to compose their own poems. Most of all, I will inspire them with my natural enthusiasm and empathy. An assembly taken by myself at the end of the day has proved to be an extremely successful method of both sharing the children’s poems composed during the day and of showing the variety of approaches and techniques I have used.
Signed copies of all my books will be available to  purchase on the day of my visit. My latest book ‘The Poetry Bug’ published by Matador came out on January 28th 2016. It is my first full length book containing 118 pages and is proving to be incredibly popular with children, parents and teachers. It is available from the Matador website as well as from Amazon at a cost of £8.99. When I visit schools I sell it at a discounted rate of £5. I currently also sell my other books in schools  at a cost of £3 per book. My books contain a mixture of the thought-provoking, the amusing, the inspiring and the downright ludicrous.Over the years I have visited hundreds of primary schools in which I have sold more than 101,000 of my books to children and staff. Go to my Visits page for more information.

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