Type of Artist:
Children’s poet. I am also a qualified LAMDA teacher which comes in very useful at the end of the day when pupils (voluntarily) read their work aloud to the group.
Poetry writing workshops inspired by a Class topic theme, or writing idea. Poetry to Music/Art workshops: Composing poetry inspired by music/Art, readings, activity. I am very flexible and am used to teacher liaison.
DetailsPreferred age range:
Reception through to Year 6. I have led very successful poetry writing and performance sessions with all of these Year groups.
Maximum number in any one session:
No maximum but I am used to class sizes of 30 for workshop sessions.
Whole school assemblies are also possible.
No of sessions per day:
Sessions are usually timed around break times and lunch.
Areas prepared to travel to:
Preferably West Midlands and Wales, although I am happy to travel further afield and abroad.
Every school visit, wherever it is, is worth it!
Train and car @45p per mile
Please email us for details
I hold a current Enhanced DBS and am registered with the Update Service.
Hold PLI (public liability insurance):
Where Do Wishes Go
"We invited Laura along to our school this year for our World Book Day event and she is one of the best visitors we have ever had in! We loved the resources Laura sent to us beforehand so we could prepare the children and get them excited for the workshops. Each workshop, from EYFS through to Year 6, was so engaging and Laura’s level of energy and passion for poetry surpassed our expectations. Each session was pitched perfectly and all children got so much out of the sessions and this was because of the relationship Laura managed to build with them in a short space of time. The poems that the children created with Laura are still being talked about and being able to illustrate them afterwards gave the children ownership over what they had created as a group. We would, without hesitation, work with Laura again and whole heartedly recommend her."
Gemma Ellis, English Martyrs’ Catholic Voluntary Academy.
‘For eight years now, Debra Bertulis has inspired and challenged pupils at Bengeworth CE Academy to become poets, improve their articulation and expression as well as expose their imagination to the almost limitless art of poetry performance. Her relentless focus on aspirational outcomes and the delight of children and their parents at realising their potential in both creative and performance environments is testament to her ability as a teacher and tenacity as an advocate of academic excellence for all children at all Key Stages."
David Coaché - Executive Headteacher, Bengeworth Multi-Academy Trust, Worcestershire.
On Tuesday four children from both Frithville and New York were invited to Carlton Road Primary to take part in a writing day led by the poet Debra Bertulis.
Debra is a published children’s poet and qualified and experienced Peripatetic Speech and Drama teacher. The day focused on poetry and performance poetry. The children learnt all about rhyme, rhythm and punctuation, and also discussed literary terms such as personification and alliteration. The children were given the opportunity to write freely, taking their own imagination as far as possible. A wonderful day!
(Frithville Primary School, and New York Primary School, Boston, Lincs.)
On Thursday some of our gifted writers from Years 5 and 6 became poets for the day at a recent poetry writing workshop. They were given the opportunity to work with the highly accomplished, Debra Bertulis.
The day focused on poetry and performance poetry. The children learned about rhyme, rhythm and punctuation, and also discussed literary terms such as personification and alliteration. The day was lots of fun as well as very educational and the children looked at the importance of having fun with words and poetry. The children were given the opportunity to write freely using their own imaginations as far as possible.
During the day the children composed their own poems, edited and redrafted them and then shared them aloud with the group. Their outstanding work was really taken from the page to the stage!
(Our Lady of Fatima School, Birmingham)
My performances are interactive, with lots of pupil engagement. I choose a variation of poetry styles and mood to highlight the diversity of poetry.