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! …

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 …

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 …

What if everything is alive (even teacups)? A poem and two ‘thought experiments’

There's a poem in the Imaginarium called 'Little Brown Cup'. Here it is. When I was little, I thought that absolutely everything in the world was alive in some way and had feelings. Seriously, everything – every kind of creature, all of my toys, the books in the library, my chair, the trees and fields outside, …