lizbrownlee – poet

Poems, animal info, extraordinary women, my books!

10th Anniversary Concert

Well, I don’t normally post things not poetry-related, but many songs are indeed poetry, so I’m going to post this!

This is my happy and fantastic, award-winning choir, led by fabulous Caroline Lowe, with the amazingly talented Julie Payne as pianist.

This year is our 10th anniversary, and we are singing in Bath to celebrate it, on the 18th of November, at 7pm at St Swithun’s Church. Tickets will be available on the door. Tickets are only £6 and this includes wine (nice wine!) and home-made and mouth-watering CAKE.

Examples of the cake…

This year we are supporting the charity Voices, a Bath-based charity founded by and for survivors of domestic abuse.

Our concerts are usually packed but St Swithun’s is large so there is room for all, so do come, we’d love to sing our hearts out for you!


Happy Halloween!

It’s my birthday, today. So here is a Halloween Poem to celebrate. First published in Spooky Schools, Ed. Brian Moses, Macmillan 2004.

© Liz Brownlee

It’s World Animal Day #WorldAnimalDay!

Why not get a copy of Animal Magic?

It has 44 endangered animal poems in it, plus illustrations and facts about them on the facing pages.


Available here.



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

Premier League Primary Stars Writing Stars Launch with Yannick Bolasie at Holy Trinity Catholic Primary School, Banks Road, Liverpool, L19 8JY

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 and try again?
The first 1,000 schools that enter the competition will receive a fabulous bespoke ‘Book Bag’ full of books, including OUR BOOK; Reaching the Stars (Macmillan) by Jan Dean, Michaela Morgan and me!
Entries can be any form of poetic writing including a rap or lyrics. Teachers and parents can register or nominate their child’s school to take part here, so get going and get your young people writing!

National Poetry Day 2017 – Free the Poem Event, Exeter Library!


I had a finger operation a couple of weeks ago, so National Poetry Day/Week was a little quieter this year for me.

However I spent all day, on the day, retweeting National Poetry Day tweets from all and sundry – both as myself, @lizpoet, and on behalf of The Children’s Poetry Summit – @kidspoetsummit. Do follow if you are interested in children’s poetry, lots of information on there!

I also posted many poems on my alter-ego blog, PoetryRoundabout. Lots of children’s poetry info, poems, interviews with other poets, competitions etc. on there, too.

However, I did go to Exeter Literary Festival with Jan Dean (one of my fellow authors for Reaching the stars) to have a fun filled National Poetry Day event – Free a Poem, with the giant magnets.

Many poems were freed, both by children and adults.

Here are Jan and I (and Lola), working very hard while  poets poet behind us…

With it in the offing, many poems had a hint of Halloween – I particularly liked this one, from Megan:

Some were even darker, but without a Halloween element:

Some people just wrote lines…

While others just hugged a word:

The poetry puzzle was as usual consistently popular with all ages:

Jan made little booklets with ‘Fly Free’ stamped on the front, for people to write their poem down, or sometimes Jan wrote it down, for them to take home.

All in all, a wonderful poeting day!

I’m leaving you with my favourite poem of the day, by Oliver:


All poems copyright of the respective authors.


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 Zanna Goldhawk, published by Macmillan, A Rocketful of Space Poems, edited by John Foster (I’m also in this one!), illustrated by Korky Paul, published by Frances Lincoln and All Aboard the London Bus, by Patricia Toht, illustrated by Sam Usher, published by Frances Lincoln.

Good luck everyone!

A Poem for Every Day of the Year

Today is publication day for this little (actually not so little) beauty. The sister volume to A Poem for Every Night of the Year, this is also edited by the talented and wonderful Allie Esiri.

The poems are an eclectic, delicious mix – I love the fact that there is space for each one to breathe; no squashing of more than one poem to a page.

Each poem is prefaced by a little piece – notes, meanings, attribution, history. It’s a beautiful book.

And I am on March 9th, page 98!

Reaching the Stars in NPD List of Books to Inspire Children!

Yes – poetry IS booming, and in the run up to National Poetry Day (run by Forward Arts Foundation), this year on the 28th September, NPD is promoting a list of poetry books. In the list of books to inspire children, Reaching the Stars features!

I wrote Reaching the Stars, Poems about Extraordinary Women and Children with Jan Dean and Michaela Morgan. We are all very chuffed!

If you’d like to read about some extraordinary women, why not buy the book! Link below, press on book!

A Rocketful of Space Poems














Today I received my copy of this book, published by Francis Lincoln –  space poems collected by John Foster, and illustrated by Korky Paul.

This book has quite a history – it was first commissioned in 2004, but publishing was put back year by year – in the end I didn’t think it would get published at all, but here it is – thirteen years later!

In fact, I changed the poem at one point as it was on a postcard, and as postcards went out of fashion somewhat, and Facebook statuses came in – I made it a Facebook status.

I am immensely pleased to have a poem illustrated by Korky Paul, in fact when I first started writing it was my ambition. Now I not only have a poem illustrated by him, but a super-duper double page colour spread! I can cross that off the bucket list now!

John Foster is a great editor, and it’s a super book – available here: A Rocketful of Space Poems.


Young People Who Write Poetry


Are you a young person who writes poetry?

Do you know any young people who write poetry?

If so, the Poetry Library has alerted me to the fact that The Curlew, a nature writing magazine, has a section for writings by under 16s in each issue.

It’s a beautiful magazine, beautifully illustrated in black and white.

Why not have a go?

Good luck!