New book on young people’s mental health: You Are Not Alone

I'm really excited about my second collection of poems for young people, which will be published by Troika in October. It's called 'You Are Not Alone', it's aimed at teen and young adult readers,  and it's all about exploring mental health and wellbeing. Young people’s mental health has never been so high on the public …

New charity anthology: Elizabeth’s Poetry of Hope

I'm happy to have a handful of poems in Elizabeth’s Poetry of Hope, a new anthology of poems that tells the story of the charity Elizabeth’s Legacy of Hope (ELoH) in poetry and prose. ELoH provides vital support for children who have lost their limbs through war, accidents and lack of access to medical care. Thousands of …

Ten Troika Poets Collaborate for National Poetry Day 2021

National Poetry Day 2021 is almost here (7 October) and I'm excited to share with you some fun, creative and educational children’s resources that a bunch of poets at publisher Troika have been working on! Ten of us have collaborated on creating poems based around this year’s theme of ‘choice’. The poems are accompanied by a great …

Getting the most from Saturdays at the Imaginarium: a resource for teaching and creative play

Click on the image to download a free resource for teaching and creative play, using poems from my book, Saturdays at the Imaginarium. The resource was created with teachers, librarians and parents in mind to use with children at around key stage 2. It includes ideas for reading, performing, reflecting, discussing, writing, drawing and more! …

Saturdays at the Imaginarium shortlisted for North Somerset Teachers’ Book Award

The North Somerset Teachers' Book Award celebrates the very best in children's literature, so I'm thrilled that Saturdays at the Imaginarium has been shortlisted in the 2021 awards. You can read their review of the book here on the North Somerset Teachers’ Book Award blog. Find out more about the awards and the 2021 shortlist …

Saturdays at the Imaginarium among National Poetry Day 2021 recommendations

The Forward Arts Foundation has just published its annual list of recommended reads for National Poetry Day. The 2021 list features forty-three inspiring new poetry books from twenty-six publishers. The selection is the Foundation’s biggest yet, reflecting the vibrancy of poetry publishing, particularly from small presses which make more appearances on the list than ever …

Federation of Children’s Book Groups blog – on myths, magic and mayhem!

This month (May) is the Federation of Children's Book Groups' National Share-A-Story Month - an annual celebration of the power of storytelling and story sharing, aimed at bringing children and stories together. This year's theme is 'myths, magic and mayhem' - which just happen to be three of my favourite subjects so I was thrilled when …