Pupils at Old Swinford Hospital were treated to a visit by author and comedian Dave Smith. Dave held workshops for Years 12 & 13 and Year 8 about the ‘tools’ used in humour writing. The aim of the sessions was to inspire pupils to write, and help them believe in their writing, whilst having a laugh and turning writing from a chore into a pleasure.
Feedback from students was very positive, including the following comments from Michael Pugh and Nick Kwilecki (Year 12 students of English Language and Literature): “As Monday mornings go, this was definitely a different one. A short tea and coffee reception with Dave Smith introduced us to how really down-to-earth he was, unusual given his level of stardom. He addressed us not only as English students, but as potential writers and journalists, providing us with the tools we need and the guidance of an experienced comic writer. No-one walked away without a piece of paper laden with ideas for a stand-up or column piece, and for that we have to thank Dave. Thank you also to our fantastic English Department and the Librarian for organising this event.”
Mrs J Kainth, Teacher of English said “We always endeavour to provide opportunities for students to extend their learning beyond the classroom environment. Workshops such as these are invaluable and Dave really inspired the students to think critically about the author’s craft.”
Following redundancy, Dave Smith decided it was time to do something he really enjoyed. He soon became a regular at the major comedy clubs all over the country and started writing for radio and TV and an eclectic mix of publications, including The Sunday Times, GQ, Mother & Baby and The Independent.