Ray Mather

Poetry

                  My Poetry Events

Talks, Readings, Workshops, Collaborations and Displays

 

          3rd October 2013 National Poetry Day:                                 Lunch-time readings 

Farnborough School Technology College Library, Clifton, Nottingham, UK

Two 25 minute differentiated readings,  one KS3, the other for KS4 

Included two new poems written for KS4

Poetry is not the answer
It is the question
Whether light or profound
It makes you examine
Turn things
Upside down
Around and around
You might not agree
With the content
But it compels you
To see
The world differently

2
The sculptor works wood
The poet
Words
Each seeking expression
Whittling away
Fashioning feeling into form
Both are surprised
After choosing when to stop
They discover
What had lain hidden
It is the question
Whether light or profound
It makes you examine
Turn things
Upside down
Around and around
You might not agree
With the content
But it compels you
To see
The world differently
It is the question
Whether light or profound
It makes you examine
Turn things
Upside down
Around and around
You might not agree
With the content
But it compels you
To see
The world different
Poetry is not the answer
It is the question
Whether light or profound
It makes you examine
Turn things
Upside down
Around and around
You might not agree
With the content
But it compels you
To see
The world differently

2
The sculptor works wood
The poet
Words
Each seeking expression
Whittling away
Fashioning feeling into form
Both are surprised
After choosing when to stop
They discover
What had lain hidden

TWO POEMS FOR NATIONAL POETRY DAY OCTOBER 3rd 2013

1
Poetry is not the answer
It is the question
Whether light or profound
It makes you examine
Turn things
Upside down
Around and around
You might not agree
With the content
But it compels you
To see
The world differently

2
The sculptor works wood
The poet
Words
Each seeking expression
Whittling away
Fashioning feeling into form
Both are surprised
After choosing when to stop
They discover
What had lain hidden
 
               1 
Poetry is not the answer
It is the question
Whether light or profound
It makes you examine
Turn things
Upside down
Around and around
You might not agree
With the content
But it compels you
To see
The world differently

2
The sculptor works wood
The poet
Words
Each seeking expression
Whittling away
Fashioning feeling into form
Both are surprised
After choosing when to stop
They discover
What had lain hidden
Poetry is not the answer
It is the question
Whether light or profound
It makes you examine
Turn things
Upside down
Around and around
You might not agree
With the content
But it compels you
To see
The world differently

2
The sculptor works wood
The poet
Words
Each seeking expression
Whittling away
Fashioning feeling into form
Both are surprised
After choosing when to stop
They discover
What had lain hidden
Poetry is not the answer
It is the question
Whether light or profound
Whether light or profound
It makes you examine
Turn things
Upside down
Around and around
You might not agree
With the content
But it compels you
To see
The world differently
 
           2
The sculptor works wood
The poet
Words
Each seeking expression
Whittling away
Fashioning feeling into form
Both are surprised
After choosing when to stop
They discover
What had lain hidden 
 
Poetry is not the answer
It is the question
Whether light or profound
It makes you examine
Turn things
Upside down
Around and around
You might not agree
With the content
But it compels you
To see
The world differently
 
Poetry is not the answer
It is the question
Whether light or profound
It makes you examine
Turn things
Upside down
Around and around
You might not agree
With the content
But it compels you
To see
The world differently

2
The sculptor works wood
The poet
Words
Each seeking expression
Whittling away
Fashioning feeling into form
Both are surprised
After choosing when to stop
They discover
What had lain hidden

         3rd - 15th March 2014 Words Go Round                  Singapore Writers Festival School Programme

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My Programmes - Readings and Q & A

Sticks and Stones

School of the Arts - March 5th pm  

 As part of the Literature Department’s enrichment programme, two talks were organised for Year One students.  These were held in collaboration with the National Arts Council and in conjunction with the Singapore Writers’ Festival 2014

The first talk, on 5 March 2014 by British poet Ray Mather, was titled ‘Sticks and Stones: Making Social Issues Accessible through Poetry”. It dealt with bullying, the pressure to succeed and other social issues faced by young people today.

  The International School - March 5th am 

 

 The Playground of Poetry,

Goodman Arts Centre, Open House - March 8th am

Opening Speech

The Playground of Poetry

by RAY MATHER

Growing up is a mix of joy and heartache, the expected and unexpected. Poetry can be a wonderful expression of this all, and can give young people something to identify with. Children’s poet Ray Mather, who has written numerous poems about school, adolescence and the issues children face, opens this programme with a talk about his poetry and just why life is better dealt with when you approach it with a dose of imagination.

 

 

The Playground of Poetry
by RAY MATHER
Growing up is a mix of joy and heartache, the expected and
unexpected. Poetry can be a wonderful expression of this
all, and can give young people something to identify with.
Children’s poet Ray Mather, who has written numerous
poems about school, adolescence and the issues children
face, opens this programme with a talk about his poetry and
just why life is better dealt with when you approach it with a
dose of imagination.
The Playground of Poetry
by RAY MATHER
Growing up is a mix of joy and heartache, the expected and
unexpected. Poetry can be a wonderful expression of this
all, and can give young people something to identify with.
Children’s poet Ray Mather, who has written numerous
poems about school, adolescence and the issues children
face, opens this programme with a talk about his poetry and
just why life is better dealt with when you approach it with

Validation from Words Go Round

 
Corinne NG (NAC) (Corinne_NG@nac.gov.sg) 

01/07/2014

To: raymather@hotmail.com

Cc: Amanda YEE (NAC)

Dear Ray,

I’m glad to hear that you’re having a good time in Guernsey, it sounds like a dream!

My deepest apologies for not having replied with the validation earlier, I had completely missed Amanda’s email.

Please find my response as follows: 

During the Words Go Round school programme organised by the Singapore Writers Festival in March 2014, Ray spoke to students aged 13 to 16 in a number of international and local schools. With his poetry reading and presentation, Ray led them to examine hard-hitting issues such as bullying and rejection. The students enjoyed the readings as well as the clips of his poetry set to music, paying close attention throughout the hour-long talks. We appreciate how Ray is able to distil big issues into simpler words and encouraged the discovery of compassion and empathy in these students. Ray also conducted a workshop that was very well-received by both students and teachers. Many felt empowered by the day’s discussion on the use of poetry as a means of expressing one’s thoughts and opinions. We are hopeful that through poetry, these students will find voice for the issues they observe in society and work to raise awareness of them.

I do hope this suffices, please let me know if I might have left anything pertinent out.

We wish you all the best with the agencies.

Have a good day ahead!

Regards,

Corinne

Collaboration - Re: Lyrics of Always In My Heart

Carlo Caldana

 09/04/2014

 To: Ray Mather

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Hi Ray – I’ve attached a MP3 file of the song.  By all means, feel free to post a link on your website.  Francesca Sola has indeed an amazing voice, and Marti Amado did a great job with the arrangement.  I like to work with the best people I can find, so if I ever write another song I’ll definitely call on you.  I’m planning to start filming early next year, so it’ll be a while before the film is completed, but when it is, I’ll let you know.

 

Carlo

 

 

 http://www.carlocaldana.com 

 

 

My Programmes - Workshops

Fresh off the Pen

Goodman Arts Centre - March 6th pm

 Fresh Off the Pen: Writing for Teachers

by RAY MATHER

Workshop (3 hours) | S3 – JC2 Teachers

Date and time: 6 March (Thursday) | 3.00pm – 6.00pm

Create your own literary works to use in the classroom and to inspire your students to write too. That’s what British poet Ray Mather did  when he was an English and Drama teacher, and struggled to find poems that suited his lessons. In this workshop, he will show you how to do the same so you will always have original and unique texts that meet your needs. Also come prepared to learn about how using drama can make teaching poetry a piece of cake!

 

Awaken, Ignite and Make Yourself Heard

UWCSEA east - March 7th am

Ian Tymms

Teacher and Head of Middle School English, United World College of South East Asia - East Campus

Ray worked as a visiting poet with a group of our Middle School students here in Singapore. The kids felt privileged to work with a poet of Ray's skill and standing and really enjoyed the opportunity to be mentored in their writing. Ray's style was a wonderful mix of experience and personability.

May 29, 2014, Ian was Ray's client

 

Hillgrove Secondary SchoolMarch 7th pm

 Awaken, Ignite and Make Yourself Heard

by RAY MATHER

Workshop (3 hours)

Poems have always been a powerful voice for society’s issues, problems and politics. Not shying away from tackling the terrible things that happen in the world, poets have spoken up, raised awareness and effected change through their words. Famed poet Ray Mather will discuss the use of poetry as a means of expressing your thoughts and opinions. Join this provocative workshop and learn to use poetry to awaken, ignite and make yourself heard.

Learning Focus:

English Literature — Poetry as social commentary

Social Studies — Culture around the world; social awareness

 

Two Poets in a Pod

The Arts House at The Old Parliament March 8th pm

Use the power of poetry to bond with your child! In this workshop, British poet Ray Mather will teach you how to write poems together to help your child express his of her feelings, issues they might be going through or to capture shared memories in verse. Don't miss this opportunity for a unique parent-child bonding experience!


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Living on an Island - Guernsey Arts Commission facebook page and gallery display at "The Greenhouse" - June 25th 2014

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POSTCARDS FROM GUERNSEY

 

"Wishes" Workshop Trull Primary School, Taunton, Somerset 24th June 2015

 With Key Stage 1 Pupils