Imagine Poetry Festival at the National Poetry Library
On Monday 13th February I had a lovely day performing some animal shape poems to a brilliant audience, in what has to be one of the most wonderfully poetry-filled venues ever – the children’s section of the National Poetry Library at the Southbank Centre.
I have animated my poems so that the shape of the animal I am reading about gradually reveals on the projected screen – it’s great fun! (But it did take a long time to achieve! All on PowerPoint.)
For once I had someone there to take a photo, so this is me after ‘The Tarsier’ has revealed – not a brilliant picture as the light level was low and we don’t use a flash during performances.
It also gave me the chance to listen in on some other fabulous children’s authors – wonderful Jeanne Willis, in the section before me, and after me in my section, poet and artist John Lyons and poet Kate Wakeling.
When we first arrived at the Southbank Centre I almost ran away again – I don’t think I have ever seen so many parents and children in one place – and the foyer is HUGE!
However, it was a lovely place to be and it was thronging with activities – I would definitely recommend it if you have young children!
Many thanks to lovely librarians, Lorraine Marriner and Pascal O’Loughlin.