M-M-Murray’s M-M-Mountains: how to use your brain to get good at stuff that feels scary

There’s a poem in Saturdays at the Imaginarium called ‘M-M-Murray’s M-M-Mountains’. It’s about someone called Murray (which you probably guessed) who’s afraid of heights. The trouble is, Murray’s a mountain climber. So he spends quite a lot of time feeling anxious. Worrying. Fretting. Stressing out. Poor Murray. I’ll read you the poem in a short … More M-M-Murray’s M-M-Mountains: how to use your brain to get good at stuff that feels scary

Behind the scenes: a quick peek into the making of the Imaginarium

Have you ever wondered what goes into making a book? Snap – I wondered too. Then along came my first book, Saturdays at the Imaginarium – and I found out! Boy, was there a whole heap of stuff to learn. Plenty of hard work was involved over quite a long period of time, and also plenty of … More Behind the scenes: a quick peek into the making of the Imaginarium

Are you a poetry guerrilla? Let’s talk tactics!

There’s a poem in the Imaginarium called ‘The Poetry Guerrilla’. You can listen to me reading it here: You can also read the poem on the National Poetry Day website at nationalpoetryday.co.uk/poem/the-poetry-guerrilla At this point it’s important not to confuse a poetry guerrilla with a poetry gorilla. So what exactly are we talking about here? Guerrilla poetry … More Are you a poetry guerrilla? Let’s talk tactics!

Open wide: seeing the extraordinary in the ordinary

The first poem in my book Saturdays at the Imaginarium is called ‘Open Wide’. The poem’s about eating and the title was inspired by what parents often say to babies and young children when they’re feeding them. But ‘Open Wide’ is also an invitation to open our eyes and our minds to different ways of … More Open wide: seeing the extraordinary in the ordinary