Simon Kindt is a Brisbane-based poet, educator, and performer. With over ten years experience as a teacher, and as an arts worker in Queensland, he has a passion for working with young people to develop their confidence, their creativity and their capabilities as writers and performers.
Since 2015, Simon has worked with the Queensland Poetry Festival and the State Library of Queensland to produce Queensland’s biggest school poetry slam project SlammED! He is co-author of the poetry collection wreck / age and is also editor of the online literary journal pressure gauge.
His current focus as an artist is on the overlap between poetry and sound design, and he describes himself as someone who thrives on experimentation and collaboration.
Poetry slams are easily the most exciting and interactive ways to engage young people with poetry, and this workshop is a crash course in slam, in which participants will write, perform and share their work in a high-energy, but supportive environment. And don’t worry if you think your students might feel intimidated- one of the strengths of slam is that even if you don’t perform, you still have an active role to play in the audience. I can vary the focus areas depending on time, but as a guide, a three hour version of the workshop will include writing prompts, performance exercises, an intro to microphone technique, and a hosted slam.
The Poetry Factory
Want to give your students some sure-fire strategies to get words on the page? This writing workshop will bring together some of my most accessible prompts and strategies for getting your students writing and sharing poetry. The focus of this workshop is on providing just enough scaffolding and structure to empower our students to let their imaginations take charge. This workshop takes at least an hour and can be expanded.
Beyond the Page - Exploring voice and performance
This workshop takes poetry beyond the page, and focuses on the music of poetry, and pushes the limits of the voice and the body in performance. Through collaborative approaches to writing and performance, poetry can empower young people to feel more confident as performers and speakers. This workshop focuses on individual and group performance exercises, and will get a little weird as we start to experiment with repetition, looping and the collective voice. This workshop takes at least an hour and can be expanded.
Tiny Poets are the Best Poets - Prep to grade 3 workshop
Focusing on Prep to grade 3, this workshop is tailored for our youngest poets who - to be honest - are actually the best poets. We start with the master of rhyme Dr Seuss to help us understand that poetry is what happens when words learn how to dance, then we take to the stage with a group performance, and finally we finish with imaginations running wild as we transform ourselves into metaphors that take us beyond the moon! I know that keeping interest and attention is crucial to working successfully with the youngest writers, so this workshop is paced as a quick-fire hour.
The art of the in-between
Targeted towards teachers’ professional development, this talk focuses on my overlapping experiences as a high-school teacher, a poet, a performer and an arts worker, and is intended to provide insights from 10 years of working with young people as writers and performers. If you are looking for ways to build a student culture of creativity in writing and performance, then this talk is for you.