Ed Boxall lives in Hastings, a seaside town in the South of England. He is a writer, illustrator, performer and educator and likes to make poems, pictures, stories and songs. He has written and illustrated several picture books but in recent years Ed has realised he loves writing poems best and has his first full collection Me and My Alien Friend which will be published by Troika in 2018. Ed also publishes his work through ‘The Pearbox Press‘. These books are quite unusual black and white picture books that illustrate Ed’s surreal story-poems. Ed’s favourite is High in The Old Oak Tree about a boy who spends his whole life up a tree. He runs workshops, residencies and special events based on his writing and illustration, and performs in schools, arts centres, galleries and at festivals. Ed’s Website is here.
Here is one of Ed’s great poems:
I know there’s glitter in the cupboard,
In perfect brand new tubes,
But I never get to use it,
My mum’s always got an excuse.
She says ‘It’s not long until dinner’
And ‘It always makes such a mess’
I was three when we last used the glitter,
Now I’m nearly ten.
Pencils and paper are fine,
To draw cat faced butterflies
But I really need that glitter
For the comets that blast through the skies.
For the sparkle of the scarecrow’s treasure
The glisten of the monkey’s crown
For the glimmer of the newborn galaxies
Above a Martian mountain town
The stardust that floats through my dreams
Races just out of my reach
But the glitter shut up in the cupboard
Is right there and wants to be free.
©Ed Boxall 2013
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