Hello! I am Liz Brownlee, a British poet and author – I write mainly children’s poetry. I’m also a National Poetry Day Ambassador for the Forward Arts Foundation.
I live in a 400 year old cottage in a village with my husband Peter, who is a wildlife film editor, mainly for the BBC. We have two children who have grown up, our daughter lives a few miles away and our son in Newcastle upon Tyne. We have a cat, Milla, and a dog, Lola – Lola is a medical alert dog, and she alerts me if I have low or high blood sugar, as I have no warning symptoms.
I love writing about animals and so this is the subject for my book, Animal Magic — Poems on a Disappearing World. When I started the research, I noticed early every creature was threatened in some way – so my book became not just a poetry book, but poems and fascinating facts about animals, including their endangered status.
Animal Magic is below – many of the poems inside are illustrated by talented artist Rose Sanderson, who also painted the red-crowned cranes so beautifully on the cover.
I hope you enjoy looking through this blog – it has poems, information, links to my website with a magnetic poetry game and videos and animations of poetry and more – and also pages about my alert dog Lola.