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Poetry Picnic

by Simon Mole

children-and-family, spoken-word-and-live-literature

Come Together Write Now!

about the production

A brand new event, the POETRY PICNIC! A snack heavy celebration of music and poetry, with poet Simon Mole and musician Gecko. We’ll do some fun (and quite silly) games to get to know each other and build your confidence and skill with words, then help you pen a poem with the power to send your picnic blanket skywards. And we’ll play some Beatles meets the Beastie Boys style bangers of our own. Please note, this event is Bring Your Own Biscuits.

about the artist

Children’s Poet, Simon Mole, musician, Gecko, director, Peader Kirk and arts producer, Maeve O’Neill collaborate to create outstanding, interactive poetry experiences for young people with a track record in producing high quality participatory events, workshops, shows and projects. Previous family shows include Mole & Gecko: The Show which premiered in 2018 and toured to 15 venues, 9 libraries and 4 festivals in 2019; and the V&A commissioned Friends For subsequently toured in 2018 with Half Moon Presents. Simon Mole is an acclaimed children’s poet (and sleep deprived dad) and a National Poetry Day Ambassador.

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stage dimensions

width: 5 metres

height: 7 metres

depth: 4 metres

3 standing mics: for Mole, Gecko & guest poet/audience sharing PA with jack lead for Gecko’s acoustic guitar.

Children and families
Kids age 6yrs+ and their siblings

Poetry Picnic is a hamper packed show full of fun and delights

Mark Civil, Head of Learning, Alexandra Palace

Poetry Picnic was the highlight of my day. What an entertaining and fun hour – the children produced some brilliant work. I love the fact that all you needed was a piece of paper, pen and to free up your brain and that there are no right or wrong ways to write poetry just do it!

Jane Mellors, Senior Librarian for Herts Libraries

Poetry Picnic was a perfect addition to our Family festival programme. It is an interactive and fun show engaging all generations so the whole family can enjoy it together. The team are collaborative, professional and a pleasure to work with.

Louisa Bartlett-Pestell Director of Programming artsdepot

£800 for 1 show and £1000 for 2 shows in 1 day

This event was created during the COVID 19 pandemic and is designed to be Covidsafe, as it is tailored and adapted to each host venue. Events can take place live in person or online, indoors or outdoors.