lizbrownlee – poet

Poems, animal info and Lola the labradoodle!

About me



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 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.




Animal Magic is available from IRON Press and Amazon.



  1. Dawn & Luna

    what a lovely blog Liz and also a beautiful little Lola you have 🙂


  2. OMG i wanna wrap my arms around Lola!


  3. Ah, if you ever meet her, that will be easy, she is the world’s cuddliest dog!


  4. wow. Did you draw the cover? :O


    • I did not! The cover illustrates one of the poems, about the red-crowned crane. I wrote the poem after watching a film of them dancing – in the dance, the necks of the cranes formed a heart together. So I wanted a painting of that – but the artist (Rose Sanderson) needed a source photograph. It took me weeks to find one! But I did – by searching Flikr, I found the perfect photo, taken by Dorit Bar-Zakay, a woman who lives in Tel Aviv and who had taken the photo on the Japanese island of Hokkaido where the cranes live. She kindly gave Rose permission to use her photo as the source of the beautiful painting on the cover of my book. Although I love drawing, I am a poet not an artist!


  5. David C Johnson

    Name that Tuna

    Skipjack, Albacore
    Blue or Yellow Fin
    Served up as sushi
    Preserved in a tin
    Rhomboidal profile
    Sport angler’s delight
    Two hundred pounds you weigh
    And put up quite a fight
    Fastest of swimmers
    You can’t escape the nets
    Destined to be dinner
    For humans and their pets

    written by David C Johnson ©April 2013


  6. Great theme for A-Z – nice blog/web site – I like the endangered animal poetry theme.


  7. This might seem weird, but I stumbled across your beautiful comment about green on a blog about Bosnia, which led me to this blog 🙂 It’s just lovely and I look forward to reading more soon!


    • Why, thank you Nina! I’ll be in to see you soon!


  8. Thank you for visiting my site. I wonder if your published work is similar to Joyce Sidman’s. Have you heard of her? American, I believe. As a librarian, I will definitely be looking for your published work! Love your dog.


    • I have heard of her, and someone has said that to me before -I’ve not seen a book over here by her, though! Thank you!


  9. Hello! I have to tell you what a wonderful smile you have. Your book sounds like a great way for children to learn about endangered species. Lola is amazing. I did not know dogs could be trained to sense blood sugar levels.


    • Aww, Lillian, thank you. *smiles widely* Lola is amazing, and very cuddly. She sends you a lick.

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  10. See? I’m here again…Curiosity brought me here….Good to know a fellow Brit around here – at least, to know for sure. 😉 Probably be back again.


    • Oooh, where are you from, Bushka? We are few and far between!

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      • Down on the south coast – Sussex….I suspect there are more of us…perhaps in cognito… 😉 Hopefully keep in touch.


  11. This is my blogsite…. 😉


  12. Visually stunning blog! I enjoyed the various genres too. Really something for everyone here. Congrats on the A to Z challenge!

    Liked by 1 person

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