Author Archives: Anne Smith

Anne Smith

About Anne Smith

Dr Anne Smith is the Lead Trainer on the Creative English. In this role, she writes Creative English session plans and materials, trains Creative English facilitators and supports those delivering the course. She also runs her own Creative English group in Redbridge. Anne, the brains behind Creative English, created the programme after seven years of research with refugees and migrants, exploring how approaches to drama-based learning could build community and increase participants’ sense of belonging. This resulted in her being awarded a PhD from Queen Mary, University of London in 2013. She has more than twenty years of experience in the formal and informal education sector, as a teacher and workshop facilitator in schools, universities and community settings.

Fighting feelings of paralysis one cup of tea at a time. A response to Louise Casey’s review

Speaking of her visits to the Calais Jungle, Sharon Kanolik from The Old Vic/The Young Vic said, “I felt more welcomed than I have anywhere else. People invited me into their tents and offered me food. There were lots of moments of hope and humour, meeting bright resilient people.”

The Radical Power of Hope

Over the last few months, I have met with a variety of different groups of people: friends, students, arts professionals, academics and educationalists and I have found myself arguing against the prevailing mood.  As people of faith, we have to recognise that we are uniquely […] Read more…