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Author Archive: Liz Brownlee

Think of a Poem for National Poetry Day!

In the run-up to National Poetry Day, everyone is challenged to tweet the first line of a poem or tweet a link to a poem – and challenge others to do so! By National Poetry Day there should be a fabulous map of participation and a wonderful range of poems tweeted! Be part of it! …

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A Panda from Tenerife

This morning I received a panda in the post – complete with bamboo to keep him going on the long journey from Tenerife to the possibly-soon-not-quite-as-United Kingdom. A lovely writing friend crocheted him, thank you Liz Young, and for the update that he is crocheted, not knitted! He is gorgeous, and will I’m sure enjoy his time …

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Lola is in a book!

A little while ago Gaby Morgan at Macmillan got in touch to ask if Lola could be in a new book – Sir Tony Robinson’s ‘Weird World of Wonders – Pets, a Complete History of Our Furry Friends’.   It’s a fabulously interesting look at all types of pet (not just furry ones, despite the …

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Poetry Event at Foyles, Bristol

Yes! To celebrate National Poetry Day (2nd October), and being a National Poetry Day Ambassador, I am holding a fun poetry event for ALL AGES at Foyles, 6, Quakers Friars, Cabot Circus, Bristol, on the Saturday, 4th October. The theme for National Poetry Day 2014 is ‘Remember’ and the event will be on the theme ‘Remember …

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I’m a National Poetry Day Poetry Ambassador!

National Poetry Day is on the 2nd of October this year, and I have been made an Ambassador along with four other children’s poets – Paul Cookson, Jan Dean, Brian Moses, and Roger Stevens. You can see pictures of them all here: National Poetry Day Ambassadors. The theme for this year’s National Poetry Day is …

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For twenty one years we have not used any chemical fertiliser or pesticide, and this year we have a hedgehog! I am SO thrilled. Now our garden is virtually free of slugs – our plants this year have thrived, even the things that are usually eaten before they reach a few inches of height! The first thing …

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Reading at Bristol Festival of Nature

Bristol is a very special place – for instance it is the centre of world wildlife films and the very best are made here. In fact my own husband won ‘The Golden Panda’ for being the best wildlife film editor a few years ago. Once a year a nature festival is held around the harbour – here …

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Gerard Benson, poet

Gerard and Cathy Benson. The inimitable Gerard Benson, actor, poet, raconteur, book reviewer, editor and co-founder of the ‘Poems on the Undergound’ project, former Barrow poet, former teacher at the Central School of Speech and Drama, died on Monday evening, 28th April 2014. He was an immensely talented poet – and any poem read in …

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A-Z Challenge Reflections

Magnetic poetry image by Natalie Roberts on Flikr. . Well… another A-Z has sped by! Once again, it has amazed me what a variety of blogs there are, and how amazing it is that just 26 letters can express so many words and so many worlds. (If you’d like to play on a magnetic poetry set, visit …

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Z is for Zebra

Image by amateur_photo_bore on Flikr. . There are three species of zebra – Plains zebra (with 6 subspecies, one extinct), Mountain zebra (with 2 subspecies) and Grévy’s zebra. Although some species overlap in their habitat, they do not interbreed, and although in captivity Plains zebra can interbreed with Mountain zebra, Grévy’s zebra suffer a high rate …

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