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National Poetry Day Competition – win some fab books, including mine!

Yes – World Book Day, in partnership with National Poetry Day (this year on 28th September), are giving away an impressive pack of stupendous poetry! This is what you could win: This is the sister anthology to the award-winning  A Poem for Every Night of the Year, Macmillan, illustrated by Zanna Goldhawk, which is also …

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A-Z Challenge Reflections #AtoZ Blog Challenge

. This year I did many of the posts before, leaving about a third to do during the challenge. And some of my posts were written by the other two authors of my newest book, my guest bloggers – poets Jan Dean and Michaela Morgan. I found this year very hard. Having one list to refer to and …

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N is for Florence Nightingale, Nurse, #AtoZ Challenge

Florence Nightingale This special entry is by one of my fellow authors of my new book Reaching the Stars, Poems about Extraordinary Women and Girls – the wonderful and talented Jan Dean! . Florence Nightingale is famous for being the ‘Lady with the Lamp’ – the woman who organised the nursing of sick and wounded soldiers …

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L is for Dorothea Lange #AtoZ Challenge

 Dorothea Lange with a Graflex 5×7 Series D. Image by Rondal Partridge, Farm Security Administration   Dorothea Lange was born on May 26th, 1895, in Hoboken, New Jersey, as Dorothea Margaretta Nutzhorn – she changed her name later to her mother’s maiden name, as she blamed her father for the divorce of her parents. After she went …

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J is for Dame Jane Goodall #AtoZ Challenge

  The more we learn of the true nature of nonhuman animals, especially those with complex brains and corresponding complex social behaviour, the more ethical concerns are raised regarding their use in the service of man – whether this be in entertainment, as ‘pets,’ for food, in research laboratories or any of the other uses …

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F is for Veronica Franco – Extraordinary Woman, #AtoZ Challenge

Veronica Franco by Tintoretto . Veronica Franco was born in  1546, in Venice, Italy, to a family of the ‘citizen’ class. Her mother insisted that she was given the same education as her three older brothers. This helped her when, married in her mid-teens to a Doctor, she wanted a divorce. At that time in …

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D is for Emily Dickinson, Extraordinary Women #AtoZ Challenge

Daguerrotype of 16 year old Emily Dickinson, Amherst College Archives & Special Collections. . Emily Dickinson – what a lovely, gentle expression she had- was born on the 10th of December 1830, and died on the 15th of May, 1886, in Ameherst, Massachussetts. She studied at Ameherst Acadamy for seven years and then went for just …

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Poets Write Where They Can… The Video!

. Many years ago, poet Roger Stevens invited other children’s poets to take part in a poetry retreat in Shropshire. I wasn’t a new poet at the time, I was fairly well published, but I didn’t know many other children’s poets at all. I was rather shy of meeting them. But I decided to go – …

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Reaching the Stars, Poems About Extraordinary Women and Girls Publication Day!

. Yes, today is PUBLICATION DAY of this book written with Jan Dean and Michaela Morgan, pub. Macmillan. It’s been going down very well with audiences. If you’d like Jan Dean, Michaela Morgan or myself to visit your school with this book for readings and or workshops, please contact me at lizpoet @ gmail.com Here’s one …

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Imagine Poetry Festival at the National Poetry Library

On Monday 13th February I had a lovely day performing some animal shape poems to a brilliant audience, in what has to be one of the most wonderfully poetry-filled venues ever – the children’s section of the National Poetry Library at the Southbank Centre. I have animated my poems so that the shape of the …

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