I am an adventure poet, blazing trails in words on a verbal expedition.
I describe incredible journeys, exploring the visible and invisible in our environment.
These journeys are spatial and temporal, emotional, mental and spiritual, landscapes of inner and outer realities.
I have grown up exploring, loving the wild places: The woods; the valleys; the mountains; and I suppose that when I got to the top of the mountain I kept on climbing, scaling even greater heights with my imagination.
And it is this that I like to share, both in my poetry and the workshops that I deliver. With the coiled rope of language and the ice-axe of imagination we seek inspiration, new places, new perspectives and return to the page and the stage to tell of our discoveries.
From the most mundane of surroundings to the most wonderful wilderness we can find words that transform our existence.
Michael Parker: Poet, Teacher, Performer
I have been a teacher for 17 years, with a rich broad range of teaching experience in primary, secondary, sixth form, EBD, TEFL, outdoor and environmental education. I have been a writer and lover of the English language for even longer. My writing continually grows and develops and is now being published, my first work appearing in Coasters, an anthology of poetry from the South. I have performed my poetry at the Glastonbury Festival and Cheltenham Literature Festival and many events and venues locally and nationally, including being 4 times on the Brighton Poets team in our annual verbal bout with the MCs. Since 2003 I have created, planned and led poetry adventures in a variety of educational settings including primary and secondary schools, youth groups, arts events, able pupil programmes, regional partnerships and, most recently, the BBC Blast Tour.
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Greetings from up north! Thanks for finding and joining this site. It's always good to hear about teachers being passionate about being outdoors. Have you heard about Simon Beames "Outdoor Journeys" work. He's a lecturer at Edinburgh University. Just wondering. I love the idea of adventure poetry. Do you have a website?
Hi Michael. Hearty welcome to C&NN. Your gifts as both a wordsmith and a naturalist are abundantly clear from your bio. The confluence of expression and nature certainly speaks to me, as I'm sure it does to many here. I so look forward to your contributions as you get to know the group and its resources. You might be interested in the network's River of Words group (among others), which is focused on youth environmental literacy through poetry.