are just some of the terrific repsonses I've received from students
I've read to. If you've got something to say and you think it deserves
to be on the web site, then say it here.
writing to thank you for your obviously inspiring presentation at the
College yesterday. My son is 17 and didn’t stop talking about
your presentation from the time he came home last night (fantastic because
he’s been rather uncommunicative lately!). He mentioned how he
was transfixed by your poems and the down-to-earth way in which you
read your poetry. He said he wanted to applaud loudly after your readings
but was worried he would ‘stand out’ from the otherwise
‘quiet’ crowd and also mentioned he wanted to come and speak
to you afterwards but I guess, like many teenagers (unfortunately) he
felt a bit awkward.
son has never known his father and doesn’t seem to have the desire
to do so, I believe your poems touched on similar situations and therefore
he related well to them. We checked out your web site last night and
he read your poem “Don’t call me lad Dad” out to me,
we will definitely attend any future performances you have in Tassie.
you again Geoff for what was obviously a very moving presentation.
College, May 2005
12 students at Seaford 6-12 School
liked poetry. I reckon it would have to be the most boring aspect of
the English curriculum that gets forced down our throats. When I heard
that Geoff Goodfellow, a poet, public speaker and promoter of literacy
was coming to talk to us I thought wow, thats gonna be exciting . .
. NOT. But then I realised that I could use this opportunity to get
out of lesson, and some of my other friends were going and I thought
ok, looks like Im going too. I am so glad I did. I showed up a bit late,
typical me, thinking I would get nothing out of it except missing a
lesson. I came out looking at poetry in a totally different light. Geoff
Goodfellow was down to earth, straight to the point and showed that
poetry can actually be a lot of fun. He showed a lot of enthusiasm and
is a genuine poet who's style of poetry is definitely unique. It was
a great experience to watch Geoff and I highly recommend anyone to go
if the opportunity presents itself.
Serle, Year 11
Grant High School, Mount Gambier
hard for 16 and 17 year olds to sit and pay attention for 90 minutes
straight at school. But Geoff Goodfellow’s loud, fiery performance
was nothing like the daily grind. Several students left the room frank
fans, pressing forward to tell Geoff about their own poetry, shake his
hand and have their photo taken with him.
Many students are sure they’ll never succeed in English, or indeed
at anything to do with reading and writing. Geoff’s life story,
told in poetry and unexpurgated prose, smashes up the idea that what
you’re doing right now is who you’re always going to be.
Highly recommended for any age group.
Student teacher at a school in Melbourne’s west, July 2004
Geoff goodfellow is the best person we've ever had come in to talk to
us. Under that rough exterior lies poetry of extraordinary gentleness
and breadth of feeling. I recommend Geoff Goodfellow to any senior English
class. He takes us into his world and brings real characters into the
realm of fantasy. Brilliant stuff!
Geoff Goodfellow walked into the room you would never believe he was
a poet, you would think he was a carpenter or an electrician. He walked
into the room with his faded blue tank top, his blue jeans and his black
boots. He looks like a pitbull dog: short stumpy legs, short muscly
arms and a barrel looking chest. You would not want to get on his bad
side in a pub on a Saturday night, that’s for sure. But as he
started talking…I started to realise that he is a really strong-hearted
The workshop was really interesting and I found out about a lot of interesting
things. When I first saw Geoff I stereotyped him but as the workshop
went on I realised that I was wrong and he is a good guy. I was fascinated
in the way he writes his poems and the process he goes through to get
the poems to the good copy.
Johnson: Yr 12 English Communications Studies student, Salisbury High
really is a ‘people’s poet’, he knows how to entertain
and educate at the same time which is great. I really benefited from
this workshop because I now have a greater understanding of how Geoff
gets the inspiration to write and how to go about the process of producing
McCulloch: Yr 12 English Communications Studies student, Salisbury High
been studying Geoff Goodfellow’s poetry at the Institut for Anglistic
Studies at Aachen University, Germany, and have just handed up a 22
page assignment on his work.
I found his book Triggers:
turning experiences into poetry most informative and very
revealing in terms of craft and technique. It has opened my eyes in
terms of how to understand and analyse poetry more comprehensively and
has helped me gain a different perspective on not only the poetry of
Geoff Goodfellow, but poetry in general.
Goodfellow’s narrative poems really work. He is a great storyteller
who is not afraid of dealing with subject matter which society would
often prefer to hide. I love his directness and honesty and am looking
forward to reading more.
Aachen University, Germany