This year my blog challenge is not about animals – it’s about poets who write accessible poems for young people, and each entry will have a poem.
It will end up as a resource for teachers and anyone who wants to look up and book a poet, find out about young people’s poets or just to browse and see the wonderful variety out there.
The challenge will be going on my other blog, Poetry Roundabout, and will be linked from here. I have many more than 26 poets and it is going to be SUCH fun!
Above you can see a small selection of the poets who have agreed to take part! It’s very exciting! One of them appears twice in this photo… uh oh!
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🎶♩♬ Happy book-birthday to Liz, Sue and Rog-er ♬♩🎶
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Yes, it’s out TODAY! And there is still time to win one if you click and share on social media: Win a book!
Well, I think its about time to mention my new book, written with Sue Hardy-Dawson and Roger Stevens. It’s an animal shape poem book, that has been beautifully produced by Bloomsbury. It’s coming out on the 22nd of March! We are all so excited about this.
And you can win one (I’m not sure abut the feathers…) by following these instructions from Bloomsbury:
WIN a copy of our gorgeous new poetry book by @Lizpoet @SueHardyDawson and @PoetryZone PLUS a sumptuous A3 print and fun postcards by liking and sharing our pinned Facebook post by Thursday 22nd February!🦍
Click here to enter: http://bit.ly/2DvIFuy
Available to buy now from iTunes – http://po.st/Ed0IKJ
Do you want to immerse your pupils into a world of words, images and poetry? My immersion kit includes ways to touch all the senses so no matter how a young person is sparked, they are catered for. No-one can resist playing with the giant magnetic poetry – and it’s amazing how quickly a poem appears on the board. People who thought they weren’t poets, just through play, and the simplicity of having a range of inspiring words easily available, and surprising juxtapositions, tap into their natural creativity and produce wonderful results. It works for all ages – five to ninety-five!
There are also words to go with every book I have written – Animal Magic (natural world and sustainability words), Reaching the Stars, poems about Extraordinary Women and Girls (self-expression words) and The Same Inside, Poems about Empathy and Friendship (friendships and relationships and all related matters words).
Then there’s the puzzle – double-sided, with a different poem on each side, one a shape poem, one not. It chimes with the idea that a poem is pieced together idea by idea, line by line, word by word – it is a building process. The slotting in of the puzzle’s words reinforce where the rhymes go. A child too young to write well can make a poem in this way, too.
There are also videos of both poets and children reading poems. These are listened to with headphones so as not to disturb others writing their own rhythms in the room! There are two videos – one for younger and one for older people.
There are also giant illustrated poem posters and giant shape poem posters, and reversible poem mobiles – the poems can be read downwards as well as upwards!
There is no end to the way people can be inspired by the items in this poetry immersion collection – and it is available with me anywhere it can be transported to!
Contact me on lizpoet @ gmail.com if you are interested.
‘Battle of the Sexes‘ from Reaching the Stars, Poems about Extraordinary Women and Girls, by Liz Brownlee, Jan Dean and Michaela Morgan, was chosen by the wonderful Allie Esiri to appear in A Poem for Every Day of the Year – and then it was read by Helena Bonham Carter. Thank you, Allie! It’s a very short poem…
Available on listen again on BBC Radio 4, Jan Dean‘s poem ‘Suffragette‘ from Reaching the stars, Poems about Extraordinary Women and Girls, on Wednesday 6th February 2018, available indefinitely on podcast:
Reaching the Stars, Poems about Extraordinary Women and Girls, was written to chime with the 100th anniversaries of the work by suffragists from every walk of life. Today – when Doritos have just produced a special crisp for our delicate mouths and Bic have in the past couple of years made pink pens for our flimsy lady fingers, and women in all walks of life are STILL receiving less pay than men while doing the same jobs, it sometimes feels as if not a lot has changed.
It has of course. But we still need to say ‘I am a feminist’.
Jan Dean, Michaela and I had enormous fun writing this book and have huge admiration for all the women and girls we read about as we researched this book. Truly extraordinary.
Yes, it is Penguin Awareness Day! We all need to be aware of penguins, suffering at the hands of climate change. So here’s a little taster of Apes to Zebras, An A-Z of Shape Poems, Bloomsbury, by me, Sue Hardy-Dawson and Roger Stevens, out on the 22 March.
The Same Inside is a book of poems about empathy, tolerance, diversity, friendship, respect and kindness, touching on bullying, disability, and many other current situations and problems children may be facing. It provides plenty of springboards for teachers to talk about difficult subjects.
Already in receipt of two excellent reviews, this book plugs a big hole in the market, and also supports the SMSC and British values requirements of the curriculum.
If you’d like a reading and workshop, please contact me: lizpoet @ gmail.com
We are very excited about this book, and love the cover!