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Category Archives: Reaching the Stars

Nat. Literary Trust Premier League Writing Stars Competition, Children aged 5-11

I’m very excited to announce that The National Literacy Trust have launched a new poetry competition for children ages 5-11,  as part of their Premier League Reading Stars campaign – Premier League Writing Stars. The school children are being asked to write around the theme of resilience; what does it mean to them to try …

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Shortlisted for the North Somerset Teachers’ Book Awards!

Jan Dean, Michaela Morgan and I are thrilled to have been shortlisted for this award! Thank you, North Somerset Teachers, if anyone knows a good book for young people, a teacher does. The other books shortlisted are A poem for Every Night of the Year, edited by Allie Esiri (I’m in this one!), illustrated by …

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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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Reaching the Stars long listed for an award!

Reaching the Stars, Poems about Extraordinary Women and Girls, Pub. Macmillan, written by me, Jan Dean and Michaela Morgan, has been long listed for a North Somerset Teachers’ Book Award, in the poetry section. I’d like to thank them very much – have a look at the following link to read the review: North Somerset Teachers’ Book …

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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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Z for Zaha Hadid – extraordinary architect, #AtoZ Blog Challenge

Dongdaemun Design Plaza at night, Central Seoul, by Warren Whyte Dame Zaha Mohammad Hadid was a fabulously futuristic architest – one tutor at her architectural school, Professor Koolhaas, described her at her graduation as “a planet in her own orbit’, another as being the most talented pupil he had ever taught, and as ‘having spectacular vision’. …

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Y is for Malala Yousafzai, #AtoZBlogChallenge

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 and the entry are found in the book. . Malala Yousafzai was born on 2 July 2 1997 in the Swat district …

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X is for X Ray – Marie Curie, #AtoZ Challenge

By Nobel foundation [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons . This entry is taken from my book, Reaching for the Stars, Poems about Extraordinary Women and Girls, written with Jan Dean and Michaela Morgan, published by Macmillan. . Marie Curie was born Marie Sklodowska in 1867in Poland. She went to Sorbonne University, Paris, when she moved in with …

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W is for Madam C. J. Walker, First Female Self-Made Millionaire in U.S., #AtoZ Challenge

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 slaves on Robert W. Burney’s Madison Parish plantation, but Sarah was born a free child, as …

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V is for Remedios Varo – anarchist, philosopher, feminist, para-surrealist painter! #AtoZ Challenge

. Remedios Varo was born in 1908 in the small town of Angles in Spain, and developed a style of painting that was a wonderful para-surrealist excursion into her imagination. Surrealism is a a style of art and literature which started around 1924, after the first world war. Surrealist painting often contains images that are non-rational; …

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