Performances and Workshops

“Beautifully, wonderfully, inspiringly tingle-making. An entirely enchanting and captivating experience that children and adults love” (feedback from a parent at a one of my performances)

I perform and run poetry and art workshops in schools, libraries, festivals and theatres. Recent highlights have been a Me and My Alien Friend library tour (as this book was chosen for the Summer Reading Challenge) and Imagine at The Southbank Centre.

My performances include joyful, silly, serious, emotional, and dreamy songs, poems and stories. I use giant books, projections, props and lots of music. They are fully inclusive with a lot of interaction and light and shade. I carefully adapt my performances to different age groups and situations.

When I visit schools I follow performances with activities that are carefully planned in advance to respond to the specific needs of the school. There is always a big emphasis on developing skills through the joy of experiencing creative flow. I always make sure there is time for children to share their work at the end of the day through performance or an exhibition.

I with all ages and levels including nursery, KS1, KS2, and KS3. I am also experienced in SEN and love visiting Special Schools. My sessions are often linked to my recent books such as Me and My Alien Friend or Dragons Wood.

I am delighted to send detailed plans of my school visits and to discuss your school’s needs. Please email me at edboxall@gmail.com if you would like to know more.

One of my most popular poems from my book Me and my Alien Friend is My Walk to School Friends. I perform it here for the online celebrations for the East Sussex Book Awards.

Another favourite from Me and My Alien Friend is The Twilight Dragon. I use this poem a lot as a starting point for poetry workshops about magic, myth and metaphor.
This is my funky version of an Indian Folktale, followed by linking activities. I made this film for Hastings Museum and Art Gallery during Lockdown.
This is another, more reflective musical folktale for Hastings Museum.

Dolphins Keep Me Safe In Dreams is my performance work at its most dreamy. I use lo-tech projections to create a magic-lantern atmosphere.

Some comments from teachers and participants :

“We asked Ed to come into the school as part of our World Book Day celebrations. He worked with two groups and they created their own children’s short stories after being inspired by some of Ed’s illustrations and books. This was something very new to the Year 7 and 8 students but they were thoroughly involved. One student in particular captured the classic repetition used in so many children’s books, It was brilliant. She is usually so shy and quiet but really came out of herself, it was great to see. She conveyed her story to the group with real emotion; her partner’s illustrations were perfectly drawn to capture certain key parts of the story. I believe the students all gained a lot from their creative writing sessions.” Clare Ball, Learning Resource Centre Manager at Eltham Hill School

“We really enjoyed both the show and the workshop, especially the cutting and sticking and all the inspiration!” Robyn, age 6

“We commissioned Ed to come into our school to work with our children from Reception to year 6. He came well prepared with tried and tested ideas that were new to us. All the teachers came away feeling each session was really worthwhile, enjoyable and had inspired them for future art and literacy activities. The children were well organised and enjoyed both his stories and the art activities that went with them. Ed was a pleasure to work with, efficient in making the arrangements prior to coming into my school and while working with us. I have no hesitation in recommending him to any other school (unless it’s on he week we want to use him!!)” Penny Thompson, Headteacher Glebefields Primary

“Ed Boxall has been Artist in Residence at West Rise Junior School for over four years. Ed has worked with a wide range of children, from Years 3 through to 6, on a variety of creative projects. He has led “Room 13″ choir at the school, which has comprised of children who have chosen to collaborate with Ed on music composition, songwriting and performance. Ed has also produced a musical with the children and performed it at the neighbouring Infant school and at a public festival at West Rise junior school. All of Ed’s projects have been inspirational and of a very high quality. I would strongly recommend Ed for any position involving education” Mike Fairclough, Headteacher West Rise Junior School

“A true and honest faithfulness to the beauty of nature and the imagination. Your drawings are enhanced by the movement and light” ( From a performance at The Electric Palace Cinema)

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