AtoZ Challenge; S is for Roger Stevens
Roger Stevens is a National Poetry Day Ambassador, a founding member of the Able Writers scheme and runs the award-winning website www.poetryzone.co.uk for children and teachers, which has just celebrated its 20th anniversary. Roger (link to 3 Simple Steps to Perk up your Poems) has published 40 books for children. His book Apes to Zebras – an A to Z of Shape Poems (Bloomsbury) won the prestigious NSTB award in 2018. Recent books include The Same Inside; poems about empathy and friendship (Macmillan 2018), The Waggiest Tails; poems written by dogs (Otter-Barry 2018) and I Am a Jigsaw; Puzzling Poems to Baffle your Brain (Bloomsbury 2019). A book just published is Moonstruck; an Anthology of Moon Poems (Otter-Barry), in August there will be Be the Change; Poems About Sustainability (Macmillan) and there will be a “best of” collection later in 2019. Roger spends his time between the Loire, in France, and Brighton, where he lives with his wife and a very shy dog called Jasper.
Here is the funny poem Roger sent for the poetry feast:
As I, Stegosaurus
in the Natural History museum
I am secretly planning
will cause a diversion
by wheeling around the museum’s high ceilings
and diving at the curators and museum staff
quietly slip out of the fire exit
into the Kensington crowds
© Roger Stevens
From The Monster That Ate the Universe, Macmillan 2004
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I love this one, Liz. That last line with the Stegosaurus planning to ‘melt into the Kensington crowds’ – genius. Don’t ask me how but I’ve ridden a stego a few times – but not in London.
*Refrains from asking but is still curious*
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Time travelling machine in our basement – H G Wells design. Or maybe via my desktop and an online game with dinosaurs. Take your pick.