The Poet from the Peaks

Poet and Specialist Poetry Teacher


I am Andy Tooze, a 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 my books will be available to purchase on the day of my visit.’The Poetry Bug Strikes Again’ came out in May 2018 and proved to be a highly successful follow up to ‘The Poetry Bug’. ‘The Poetry Bug,’ published by Matador, [as is the follow up], came out in January 2016. It was my first full length book containing 118 pages and is still proving to be incredibly popular with children, parents and teachers.I now have a brand new book out called ‘Green Shoots Rising’. I’m so excited about it and it’s already proving to be much loved by adults and children alike. All three books are available from the Matador website as well as from Amazon and all good bookshops at a cost of £8.99. When I visit schools I sell both books at a discounted rate of £5 each. 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 110,000 of my books to children and staff. Go to my Visits page for more information.

“Just wanted to say a big thank you for yesterday. The feedback I got was all very positive. I thought you would be interested to know that this morning two Year 2 boys came into school armed with their notebook with poems they had written that night. 

One boy in particular is quite hard to engage/enthuse and his mum wrote in his diary ” Since your poet day yesterday my child has been absolutely non-stop poems…. I have never seen him like this!!”

So thank you again for inspiring our children.”

Comments from Rearsby Primary School-



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