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Author Archive: Liz Brownlee

Madam C. J. Walker, First Female Self-Made Millionaire in U.S.

I am putting up some posts from the past about extraordinary people of colour. #blacklivesmatter By Scurlock Studio (Washington, D.C.) (photographers). [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons . Madam C. J. Walker was born Sarah Breedlove, the last of six children, on December 23rd, 1867, in Louisiana. Sarah’s parents and four older brothers and one sister were …

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Ruby Bridges, First Black Child in a White School.

I’m posting a few past posts on extraordinary people of colour. #blacklivesmatter By Uncredited DOJ photographer [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Today’s blog is by the other fellow author of my book, Reaching for the Stars, Poems about Extraordinary Women and Girls, the wonderful and talented Michaela Morgan: . The poem My First Day at School, …

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Ida B Wells, Early Fighter Against Institutional Racism

I’m posting a few of my past posts about extraordinary people of colour. #blacklivesmatter Mary Garrity Restored by Adam Cuerden – Based on image originally from NAEMVZELXQV2iw at Google Cultural Institute I wish I had more room to tell the complete story of this extraordinary woman. She was intelligent, she was brave, she never gave …

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Sister Rosetta Tharpe

  I’m posting a few of my past posts about extraordinary people of colour. #blacklivesmatter Sister Rosetta Tharpe – AMAZING! Rosetta Tharpe was born Rosetta Nubin on a cotton plant in Arkansas, on the 20th of March, 1915, and died in 1973, in Philadelphia, after a long career as a musician. Her parents were cotton …

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Y is for Malala Yousafzai

Over the next few days I will post some of my posts from the past about inspirational people of colour. #Blacklivesmatter Wikimedia Commons This entry is by my guest blogger Michaela Morgan,  one of my fellow authors of Reaching the Stars, Poems about Extraordinary Women and Girls, also by me and Jan Dean, published by Macmillan. This poem …

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Madagascan Robber Moth

Time for a poetry video! This is about an amazing moth that was discovered in a Madagascan forest, at night, and which has only been seen once since. There are specialised moths that feed on tears of animals that can’t brush them away, but one has never been seen on a bird before.

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Radioblogging.net

  If you are a teacher or parent or young person learning from home, if you haven’t discovered the excellent Russel Prue and Pie Corbett’s radioblogging show, on EVERY day, then you are missing out! Lots of interviews with poets and authors, great writing ideas, readings, fun literacy games… the list goes on. It’s all …

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At the Poetry Library, Southbank!

On Monday 17 February 2020, at the Southbank Children’s Poetry Library, as part of Imagine Festival for Children, I read some poems with the editor of this wonderful book, Poems From a Green and Blue Planet, the lovely Sabrina Mahfouz. A recording was made by the National Poetry Library, an adventure into snowy mountains and …

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Poetry, Lola and Medical Detection Dogs

Some of you may know, but maybe some of you don’t, that I have an assistance dog. A number of  years ago, it was suggested by my consultant that I might want to have a pancreas transplant, due to the number of low blood sugars and unconscious episodes I was having, as I have no …

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Can I Mention Christmas?

It turns out that all the books I have done for Macmillan have a green theme… so I made a Christmas tree! Should you be searching for a Christmas present… Be the Change, the newest book, written with Matt Goodfellow and Roger Stevens, are poems to help you save the world. Each poem has a …

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