Background of Carolyn Askar


Professional Qualifications

LRAM (Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music & Drama): Speech and Drama Performer

LRAM, Speech and Drama Teacher

LRAM, Mime Teacher

LUDDA, London University Diploma in Dramatic Arts

Middlesex University, Diploma in Remedial Speech Teaching

Central School of Speech & Drama, Diploma in Advanced Educational Drama

International Phonetics Association Diploma (First Class)

Additional Training

Drama therapy, gestalt and psychodrama



Poetry, educational children’s stories, screenplays and song lyrics


Poetry, dramatic monologues and theatre-in-education


Languages, voice, drama, self-development and creative writing


Drama and voice, personal coaching and counselling

Books & Publications

Poetry Collections

Spirit of Fire

A Unique Curve

Interpreting the Tree


Home on the Wing


Liquid Strands

Children’s Stories

The Swans’ Secret (in five parts, including “The Rainbow People”)


The Picnic


Good Neighbours

Justy in the Jungle

Educational Texts

The Primary School in a Changing World, Centre for World Development Education 1989 (contributing writer)

Inclusion in Anthologies

Touching Margins – Companion Voices for the Journey – Blue Moon Group Anthology 2006 (editor & contributor)

Assembly Kit, B.B.C./Longman

Transformation, Rivelin Grapheme

In the Gold of Flesh, The Women’s Press

Through a Window, Longman Education

United Nations Primary School Kit, United Nations Association, UK

Assembly Solutions, Heinemann Education

Junior Assembly Book, Macdonald Educational

Spanner in the Works, Trentham Books

A.P. Central Poets, Arrival Press

Poems, Macmillan Hospice Prize Winners (Joint First Prize)

Ver Verse, Anthology of winning and commended poems

Thresholds, Hawthorn Press

Vision On, Ver Poets Open Competition Anthology 1984

Vision On, Ver Poets Open Competition Anthology 1994

Affirming Flame, Community Projects Foundation

Let’s Cooperate, Peace Education Project

Let’s Play Together, Green Print

Unguarded Gold, Ver Poets 2012

Inclusion in Magazines


Tenth Muse

New Spokes


Memes, Psychopoetica (Hull University)

The Journal of the British Association for Counselling

Link Up Magazine

Kindred Spirit

Sign of the Times

The Piccadilly Post

Expansion Magazine

Words Magazine

Ver Poets Voices

The Spectator (BC, Canada)



National Society of Arts & Letters, Cosmos Club, Washington DC, USA

National Society of Arts & Letters, Liberties Bookstore, Boca Raton, Florida, USA

Bloomsbury Books, Ashland, Oregon, USA

The Barn Poets, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Canal Costa del Sol International Television, Spain


Joint Organizer, Angels of Fire Poetry Performance Group, 1987–1994

The Purcell Room, Royal Festival Hall, South Bank, London

The Voicebox, Royal Festival Hall, South Bank, London

Riverside Studios, Hammersmith, London

The Almeida Theatre, Islington, London

Pentameters Theatre, Hampstead, London

The Gate Theatre, Notting Hill, London

The Kings Head Theatre, Islington, London

The Latchmere Theatre, Battersea, London

St. James’ Church, Piccadilly, London

Studio Theatre, Richmond College, London

London University

The Old Bull Arts Centre, Barnet

Torriano Literary Club, London

The Emissary Foundation, London and Gloucestershire

The Sufi Order International, London

The Ver Poets, St. Albans

Du Maurier House, Hampstead, London

Open Poetry Conventicle, Putney, London

Poetry Circle, Ware Arts Centre, Hertfordshire

The English Speaking Union

Findhorn Foundation, Scotland

University Women’s Club, London

Bath Fringe Festival, UK

Brighton Fringe Festival, UK

Salisbury Festival, UK

Shrewsbury Festival, UK

Cheltenham Festival, UK

Lectures and Teaching by Carolyn Askar

Lectures, Workshops & Consultant Teaching

European Council of International Schools’ Conferences, Birmingham, UK; The Hague, Holland; and Montreux, Switzerland

Centre for World Development Education Conference (CWDE)

Cleveland Education Authority Conference (CWDE)

Newham Teachers’ Centre, London (CWDE)

British Council of Churches Education Conference

Findhorn Foundation International Education Conference, Scotland

London Diocesan Board Head-Teachers’ Conference

Psychosynthesis International Conference, Davos, Switzerland

Universal Education Association Conference, London

Hertfordshire Education Authority (Teachers’ in-set and students)

Assessment Learning London (Central School of Speech & Drama)

De Leon Drama School, Richmond Adult College

Middlesex University, Ivy House, London

W.Y.S.E. International Youth Leadership Training, Scotland and Italy

Russell Sage College, Troy, New York, USA

The Immune Development Trust, London

Christian Aid, Waterloo, London

Creative Writing Tutor (UK)

The National Poetry Society & W.H. Smith’s Poets in Schools Scheme

“Lending Our Minds Out,” Residential Creative Writing Courses for Children

Reading Is Fundamental Literacy Programme


Stormy Magic, Shakespeare’s The Tempest adapted for children (writer, director and performer)

Human Link (communication skills)

Language in Action (EFL)

Teaching Sessions in Schools (UK)

St. Albans High School for Girls, Hertfordshire

Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls, Elstree, Hertfordshire

Ward Freeman Upper School, Hertfordshire

The Chafford School, Rainham, Essex

Islington Green School, London

Frances Bardsley School, Romford, Essex

Samuel Whitbread Community College, Bedfordshire

Halstead Prep. School, Woking, Surrey

New Briars J.M.I. Hatfield, Hertfordshire

Fossdene Primary School, Charlton, London

The Green School, Isleworth, Middlesex

Brookfield Primary School, Kentish Town, London

Crabtree Junior School, Harpenden, Hertfordshire

Cranford Community School, Hounslow

Ashmount Junior School, Hornsey

Additional Details

See Books & Publications for more information on Carolyn’s books, including themes, purchasing details and sample poems.