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Author Archive: Liz Brownlee

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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Love Books

There is one thing which every writer acknowledges – to write books you must love books and if you love books you read books and if you read lots of books you can write better books. Lola knows this. Here she is eyeing a cake hungrily at the recent North Somerset Teachers’ Book Awards ceremony, …

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Reading Patron of Chewton Mendip Church of England VA Primary School

I am very pleased to have just become the Reading Patron for Chewton Mendip Primary School. I visited today and met all the children in each class, Rabbit, Hedgehog, Badger, Squirrel and Fox. What a lovely school! I read some poems, and was asked a lot of excellent questions. I took Lola with me of …

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Climate Crisis Poems from Tuffley Primary School!

Tuffley Primary School came to Cheltenham Literary Festival to see Matt Goodfellow and I perform some The Same Inside and Be the Change poems, and afterwards they wrote some excellent climate crisis poems themselves – which I am very pleased to be able to share with you. Paul, I really like the image of the …

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Cheltenham Literary Festival

On Wednesday 9th October Matt Goodfellow and I were performing together for the first time, at Cheltenham Literary Festival, in the Sunday Times Garden Theatre. This isn’t a dedicated children’s literary festival, like Bath, and the green room was quite a lot larger as it also hosts people who write for adults. The photo above, …

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Truth Poem for National Poetry Day – The Refugee

Poem by Liz Brownlee, read by Liz Brownlee, thank you to Chris Riddell for the illustration.

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