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National Poetry Day Truth Poem by Sue Hardy-Dawson

Sue Hardy-Dawson (besides being a lovely, lovely person and my dear friend), is a Yorkshire born poet, artist, and illustrator, and is widely published in children’s poetry anthologies. She enjoys visiting schools and has provided workshops for the Prince of Wales Foundation for Children and the Arts. Being dyslexic she takes a special interest in encouraging reluctant readers and writers. Her first solo collection, of illustrated poems, Where Zebras Go (Otter-Barry Books) was long-listed for the North Somerset Teachers’ 2017 Book Award and shortlisted for the CLiPPA 2018. Sue has a new collection of shape poems, Apes to Zebras (Bloomsbury) with Roger Stevens and Liz Brownlee, and her second solo collection If I Were Other than Myself (Troika) is due out soon!

The Listening

 

Somewhere inside rock, tree and root

Earth knows the truth about everything

her own truth

of scents, still sounds

where mole and eagle go

one brushing darkness, the other a sky mouth

 

her words are water and wind,

creeping frosts, a cool dawn trickling

over mountains

she may shout storms

out at sea breaking coasts

or simmer with sulking fogs choking lanes

 

but her bones are molten

and her flesh loam, just as her words

are glass runes

on rainbows. She

speaks her truths to the sun

and moon: if you put your ear against soil and stone

 

you can listen to her     warm   heart       beating

hear the sound of our   Earth   Mother   weeping

 

© Sue Hardy-Dawson

 

Thanks, Sue, for this wonderful poem.

 

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Children’s Poetry Summit Launches Blog for Children’s Poetry Professionals

The Children’s Poetry Summit is a UK network of individuals and organisations actively interested in poetry for children. It provides a regular forum for discussion, information exchange, and sharing of ideas, and a pressure group which campaigns for children’s poetry. Members are children’s poets, publishers, teachers, librarians, booksellers, organisations and individuals interested in children’s poetry. It was founded by Chris Holifield, who was Poetry Book Society director, and is now director of the T S Eliot Prize, and Gaby Morgan, children’s editor and children’s poetry editor at Macmillan.

They meet a few times a year in London (I am a member), and exchange information and ideas about raising the profile of children’s poetry, creating opportunities on behalf of poetry for children through publishing, bookselling, schools etc.; and of course also support and promote the writing of poetry for children.

They have a new website where you will find fascinating blogs over the year, every Thursday- not just the poets, but publishers, librarians, Forward Arts (who organise National Poetry Day), and every conceivable organisation that helps promote poetry for children, that is also represented on the Summit. Occasionally there will also be guest blogs.

Why not have a look? At the moment there are blogs by Michael Rosen, Cheryl Moskowitz, Brian Moses, Roger Stevens, Laura Mucha, Teresa Cremin, Rachel Rooney, and this weeks blog by Janetta Otter-Barry (links are to blogs, performances or entries on the A-Z of Children’s Poets on this blog).

So – if you don’t follow Poetry Roundabout, please do so if you are interested in everything Children’s Poetry related, and whether you are an adult writer of poetry for children, a young writer of poetry, a fan of children’s poetry, teacher, or an industry professional, please also follow Children’s Poetry Summit which will have a blog every Thursday.

Thanks to Chris Riddell for his lovely artwork which is the Children’s Poetry Summit logo.

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Fun and Joy at the Federation Of Children’s Book Groups’ Conference

Because of the Feast of Children’s Poets and Poetry A-Z, I haven’t posted this!

Earlier in April a group of children’s poets were invited to perform at the FCBG’s Conference. It was such fun – we all did a set, and sang some songs… with an hour’s practise! But we are used to performing together so it wasn’t too hard.

The musical talents, guitars, and drums of strange and peculiar shapes and sizes, were provided by Roger Stevens, John Dougherty, Ed Boxall and Brian Moses – and we all sang, but me, Zaro Weil and Laura Mucha were the backing group, too. Thank you Roy Johnson of Troika for arranging it!

Apparently there were murmurings that they wanted us back next year. I’m not complaining, I’d do it every night if I could, so if anyone wants to employ a poet band, let us know!

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AtoZ Challenge Theme Reveal!

Hello! Regular readers will already know I’m Liz Brownlee, poet, National Poetry Day Ambassador, blogger and tweeter and supporter of all things poetry and children’s poetry related in particular. This April I will be blogging a poetry feast from some of the best poets and children’s poets.

Every day (except Sunday) there will be a different poet featured, and each poet featured has kindly sent a poem for you to enjoy.

And 26 wonderful poems have been sent!

The challenge starts on Monday, April 1st (no, it’s not a joke!) and finishes on Tuesday, April 30th.

If you’d like to follow me on Twitter, I am @lizpoet. I also Tweet the Children’s Poetry Summit Twitter account, @kidspoetsummit, and an account set up to support our children’s fight for their climate @poets4climate.

Poetry Roundabout is my website for all things related to children’s poetry. My own website is LizBrownleePoet. I also run BetheChange, a new website about sustainability poems for children.

The book above, Apes to Zebras, is my latest book published, shape poems written by me, Sue Hardy-Dawson and Roger Stevens. And that’s me in the corner, with my medical assistance dog, Lola!

I’m looking forward to seeing you all during the month.

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It’s Book Week!

A Chinese dragon on a wall at the Haikou Yazhou Gu Cheng, Hainan, China, by Anna Frodesiak.

I started off Book Week in St Cuthbert’s Infant School Wells, where we had great fun writing some dragon poems.

Here’s a dragon poem from me, for Tuesday of Book Week!

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How to paint a Chinese dragon

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Use a bamboo brush

held lightly in three fingers

at the back

 

Flow the movement

from your shoulder; use Chinese ink

in red or black

 

Paint a twining

river for the body of your dragon

needs to wind

 

Then its head, snake

teeth bared, and its crest on the wind

waving behind

 

Sweep whiskers

like antennae, add a demon eye

round and wide

 

Armour your dragon;

curve overlapping scales along

its side

 

Hook eagle

claws on tiger paws, make it dance

upon the air

 

Paint a pearl

within its mouth, so its magic

takes it where

 

it can breathe

in clouds, conjure wind and rain

in sky

 

Give your

dragon life, take your brush, and

dot its eye.

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© Liz Brownlee

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In Chinese, 画龙点睛 (huà lóng diǎn jīng) “Paint the dragon, dot the eyes” is a saying meaning adding the finishing touch to something.

I hope you all have a fabulous Book Week, and enjoy every minute of it!

 

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Attention Teachers! Vote in the Teachers Book Awards Before 2018 Ends!

A new UK-wide award has been set up for teachers to vote for literally any children’s books – but among the categories is POETRY, hooray!

Teachers will be able to vote until the end of 2018 for any book published in this year. They will collect all the nominations from across the country at the end of the year. January will see the shortlist of winners released and the final voting process will begin.

TEACHERS! PLEASE send in a vote for your favourite poetry books 2018 as soon as possible!

The Teachers’ Book Awards website is here with all the details.

Here is the Twitter address. Twitter handle is @book_awards

There has been some excellent children’s poetry published this year – to remind you, here are as many of the UK children’s poetry books published this year as I can find:

 

 

 

 

 

UPDATE! Voting isn’t open yet but will be soon!

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Win a Copy of Apes to Zebras, an A-Z of Shape Poems!

Wow. It’s pretty gorgeous, isn’t it? I am so PROUD of this book, written with my lovely poet friends Sue Hardy-Dawson and Roger Stevens. We worked very hard on this book – and Bloomsbury have done us proud. It’s for 8 and up, but children as young as 3 have been enjoying it, because the words are in shapes, apparently! Here is a link to the latest of it’s fab reviews, this one from The Reader Teacher.

Bloomsbury are giving one away in the UK – all you have to do is click on the link to enter.

“WIN a copy of our gorgeous new poetry book by @Lizpoet @SueHardyDawson and @PoetryZone PLUS a sumptuous A3 print and fun postcards by liking and sharing our pinned Facebook post by Thursday 22nd March!”

Click here to enter: http://bit.ly/2DvIFuy

Good luck!

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Do you like Children’s Poetry News, Poems, Writing Advice, Teaching Advice? Follow @kidspoetsummit!

If you do, then follow the Children’s Poetry Summit on Twitter at @kidspoetsummit.

The Children’s Poetry Summit tweets news and poems and fun anything to do with children’s poetry every day of the year.

If you’d like to know what else they do, this is their mission statement:

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Children’s Poetry Summit

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The Children’s Poetry Summit is a UK network of individuals and organisations actively interested in poetry for children. It provides a regular forum for discussion, information exchange, sharing of ideas and good practice, and a pressure group which campaigns for children’s poetry.

Members are children’s poets, publishers, teachers, librarians, booksellers, organisations and individuals interested in children’s poetry

Our principle aims are to:

  • exchange information and ideas, keep up to date with what is currently happening and generally raise the profile of children’s poetry
  • create opportunities and campaign on behalf of  poetry for children and teens through publishing, bookselling, in schools, teacher training colleges and literature organisations
  • support and promote the writing of poetry by children

In pursuance of these aims we undertake to:

  • encourage wide participation in the group, to include poets, teachers, librarians, publishers, literature organisations and booksellers
  • exploit potential of social media – maintain a regular presence on Facebook and Twitter and consider setting up a Blog where opinions and activities relating to the Summit can be expressed
  • make use of all opportunities to promote Poetry Summit – IBBY UK Newsletter, YLG E-Newsletter, BooksforKeeps, Conferences, The Poetry Library, The Poetry Society, TES, The Guardian and other media outlets.
  • follow up on opportunities to provide platforms for and promote each other’s work

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In other words if you are a parent, teacher, librarian, bookseller or anyone else interested in children’s poetry news, this is the Twitter account to follow!