‘Carter’s Originals’: four songs on Roger Stevens’ latest album

Roger Stevens is, as well as a much-loved children's poet,  a songwriter and musician who brings to his work a combination of thoughtful lyrics, good melodies and more than a dash of humour. Roger performs and records his songs and has a number of albums out on CD, the latest of which I'm delighted to have …

‘Don’t’: new poem on Charles Causley Trust Blog ‘The Maker’

This November, The Charles Causley Trust is featuring a series of poems written for children on its blog 'The Maker'. The month kicked off with an article on the man himself, and his ability to write accessible but unpatronising poetry for younger audiences: Rhythm, Rhyme and Form: How Causley Changed Poetry Writing for Kids I popped up …

The Big Amazing Poetry Book – 52 weeks of poetry from 52 brilliant poets

The Big Amazing Poetry Book is beautiful door-stopper of a book edited by Gaby Morgan, introduced by Roger McGough and illustrated by Chris Riddell.  It's a warm, funny collection that's packed with all different styles of poetry - ballads, riddles, tongue-twisters, shape poems, haikus, sonnets and raps - about seasons, festivals, animals, birds, love, war, …

Poetry and mental health: a guest blog for the Children’s Poetry Summit

“The best moments in reading are when you come across something — a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things — that you’d thought special, particular to you. And here it is, set down by someone else, a person you’ve never met, maybe even someone long dead. And it’s as if a hand …

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 …

On the hunt for guerrilla poetry: Guerrilla poetry: a guest blog for the Children’s Poetry Summit

In my book Saturdays at the Imaginarium there’s a poem called ‘The Poetry Guerrilla’ featuring a mysterious character who sneaks poems into strange locations for people to find – inside a boiled egg, etched onto an aspirin, etc. You can read - and also hear me reading - the poem at nationalpoetryday.co.uk/poem/the-poetry-guerrilla  I was really …

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! …