I love writing shape poems – I’m so lucky, they seem to come to my brain while I’m writing the poem, so I can accommodate certain words or letters to appear in the right place to work as a picture. That’s what happened with ‘Hippobotamus’.
A youngster enjoying making the puzzle.
The puzzle is part of my ten day poetry exhibition – featured in the Arnolfini gallery in Bristol as part of The Bristol Poetry Festival 2009. This was generously supported by quite a few charities*, and I had a lot of fun making and designing the whole exhibition. Thirteen poet friends were represented in the exhibition poems, and nine poets turned up to help man it over the ten days – Philip Waddell was a super-hero-helper, turning up before and helping set up, and staying after to help clear up!
These two little boys made the puzzle together, then the older one read it to the younger. Over the ten days, all age groups enjoyed it, from 3 to 93, our oldest visitor! We had timed races to see who could make it the fastest and break the world record – about 90 seconds!
More information to come about other parts of the exhibition!
* The exhibition was Arts Council Lottery funded, and supported by several charities including The Follett Trust, Macmillan Children’s Books, Poetry Can, Philip and Tracey Education and The Poetry Society.