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Author: Liz Brownlee
Poet and owner of Lola the alert dog *** Animal Magic, Poems on a Disappearing World *** Reaching the Stars: Poems about Extraordinary Women and Girls *** The Same Inside: Poems about Empathy and Friendship *** Apes to Zebras: An A-Z of Shape Poems *** I visit schools, libraries, literary festivals, and organise poetry events. And write of course! http://www.lizbrownleepoet.com http://www.poetryroundabout.com
Jane Clarke doesn’t have her own poetry collection, but is in numerous anthologies and is a prolific rhyming picture book writer. Her books include the wonderful Gilbert the Great (a shark) and many others. Her most recent book is Neon Leon, available here.
If you’re aged 5 to 16, The Young Muslim Writer Awards wants to hear from you! Their judges are looking forward to reading your entries, so submit your story, poem, screenplay, play script or article before 31st July.
Another fire poem for the heatwave! This one is also part of the National Poetry Day celebrations 2015, when the theme was light. This poem by lovely Michaela Morgan is read by Eleanor Trapp, a partner in John Lewis, read in the lighting department by kind permission of John Lewis Partnership.
As it’s so HOT, and there have been lots of fires breaking out, here is a poem read by fire-fighter Paul Cornelius by Mary E Cronin, filmed as part of National Poetry Day 2015’s theme, Light. 15 people whose jobs or ways of life were associated with light read poems that incorporated light.
Filmed at Chew Magna Fire Station by kind permission of Avon Fire and Rescue.
Young Poets Network are calling for young poets aged 11-17 to enter the #FoyleYoungPoets of the Year Award before it closes, 4 weeks from today! If you are 11-17 it’s time to get your entry in; if you know a young writer help them get the word out. Entry is free and you could win books, mentoring and more: http://foyleyoungpoets.org
To celebrate W.S. Graham’s centenary, The Poetry Society are searching for poems inspired by his enigmatic and inviting work. Poet Rachael Boast introduces WSG and offers prompts to kick-start your writing in this new challenge.
This challenge is open to all poets up to the age of 25, based anywhere in the world. You can send a poem written down, or a performance poem as a video or as an audio file. Send as many poems as you like. The deadline for all entries is midnight, Sunday 15th July 2018.
Why not enter the Forward/emagazine student critics competition, with separate categories for 14-16 year olds, 16-19 year-olds and teachers? Write a critical or creative response to one of the poems on the Forward Prizes for Poetry shortlist 2018.
How FABULOUS to be able to review a young people’s poetry book written for above primary age.
These poems speak directly in an authentic teenage voice, with humour and insight, giving voice to the complex, anxious, insecure and serious feelings that face all teenagers. And the exciting ones, too! Steven Camden, AKA Polarbear is by reputation (I regret that I have not seen him!) an excellent spoken-word poet, but these poems live on the page as well as they would in the mouth.
Some of the poems are almost unbearably poignant. As I read it I could feel myself going hot and cold with remembered angst; but also sadness at many of the new challenges our young people face nowadays.
It also made me laugh out loud. This book and these poems are well overdue, there is so little that is pertinent and specifically for this age-group. Very much recommended, teachers.