Hello! I am Liz Brownlee, a British poet and author – I write children’s poetry. I’m also a National Poetry Day Ambassador for the Forward Arts Foundation.
My Twitter name is @lizpoet
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 grown up children, our daughter who lives a few miles away and works for a green charity and our son who lives with us at the minute and works in hospitality. 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 and information, poetry news, and a link to my website which has some of my poems, a magnetic poetry game, videos and animations of poetry, and lots more. There also a link to Poetry Roundabout, my website with general children’s poetry news and other fun things!
My books and some reviews:
Review by Ana on Amazon:
“Liz Brownlee has astonishing empathy for the animal world. She doesn’t just observe, she inhabits her subjects. She cares deeply about animals and makes us care by homing on the essential character of each species. Diversity is more than the mere shuffling of DNA. We share her fascination with the results of that process. The fine-tuning of the animate to its surroundings produces delightful quirks of design; each one individual, precious and irreplaceable. She expresses all of this in language which is exquisite, poignant and frequently witty. It can be read by children and adults with equal enjoyment. I can’t think of a better way to educate children about wildlife and conservation.”
Review by bobdylansnose on Amazon;
“This is a fantastic book to be enjoyed by animal lovers of all ages. My Y6 class loved the poems and were enthralled to learn about some of the incredible creatures; there were gasps when I read the info about the Madagascan Robber Moth and its diet of tears, and the poem became the catalyst for their own writing. Liz is a wonderful weaver of words, and every poem is a cracker! She can do the glacial beauty of ‘Snow Petrels’ and ‘Snow Leopard’ but also the gentle warmth of ‘Orangutan.’ A thought-provoking collection that should be in every school library – and on YOUR bookshelf!”
Review by Jacqui on Amazon:
Review by Justin on Amazon:
“There’s nothing wrong with creating collections about football or the seasons or emotions or festivals/celebrations but there are plenty of them in the world of children’s poetry. This collection celebrating extraordinary women and girls of history – as well as exploring the realities of growing up a girl in contemporary times – is extraordinary in itself. The poetry is enjoyably readable and cleverly crafted mixing a wide variety of poetic styles. Boudica, Rosa Parks and Malala are among the many woman that get a mention. A real breath of fresh air for those interested in either history or poetry and a must for the classroom.”
Reaching the Stars, Poems about Extraordinary Women and Girls is available here.
Review by Sue on Amazon:
“‘The Same Inside’ is a beautifully written and wonderful book of poems that everyone needs in their life. It takes you on a journey celebrating and valuing all that is good about being human and the diverse people we share our planet and our lives with.
Each of us will experience these poems differently but all of us will find our friends, our families and even ourselves among these pages. Both joyous and reflective it sometimes brings a lump to the throat.
So often though it makes you smile and feel hopeful. A lovely book to share with children and a must for all teachers planning assemblies and lessons on empathy and understanding. It tackles some tough subjects with great sensitivity and in a very accessible way. It reminds us that we all have fears and dreams and as such we have much more in common than we have differences.”
The Same Inside, Poems about Empathy and Friendship, is available here.
Apes to Zebras is out on the 22nd of March 2018, and is available here.