Brian Moses has been a professional children’s poet since 1988. He has over 200 books published including volumes of his own poetry such as A Cat Called Elvis and Lost Magic: The Very Best of Brian Moses (both Macmillan and illustrated by Chris Garbutt), anthologies such as The Secret Lives of Teachers and Aliens Stole My Underpants (both Macmillan) as well as picture books. Over 1 million copies of Brian’s poetry books have now been sold by Macmillan. His poem ‘Walking With My Iguana’ is one of the most listened to poems on the Poetry Archive. Brian has visited well over 3,000 schools to run writing workshops and perform his own poetry and percussion shows in the UK and abroad; CBBC once commissioned him to write a poem for the Queen’s 80th birthday! His website is here, blog is here, and Twitter is here.
Brian is a kind and indefatigable supporter of children’s poets and poetry. Here is one of his fab poems:
All The Things You Can Say to Places in the UK
Always say ‘Ta’ to Leamington Spa,
say ‘Have a nice day’ to Whitley Bay.
You can shout ‘What’s new?’ or even ‘Howdo’
to inhabitants of Looe or Crew.
You can tell the whole story in Tobermory,
say ‘Hi’ to Rye and ‘Right on’ to Brighton,
or call out ‘Let’s go’ to Plymouth Ho.
Talk through your dreams in Milton Keynes,
say ‘It’s all for the best’ in Haverfordwest.
Always say ‘yes’ when you visit Skegness
but only say ‘No’ in Llandudno.
Don’t tell a lie to the Island of Skye
or say ‘It smells’ in Tunbridge Wells.
Don’t talk rude if you’re down in Bude
or start to get gabby in Waltham Abbey.
Don’t ever plead in Berwick on Tweed
or say ‘You look ill’ to Burgess Hill.
You could lose your voice and talk with your hands
when you take a trip to Camber Sands,
but whatever you say just won’t impress
the inhabitants of Shoeburyness.
© Brian Moses
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