Here are the out-takes and boo-boos and some of the fun takes from a group of children’s poets who met earlier in the year to make some poetry films and do a poetry performance…
I give you, A FOLLY OF POETS, Ed Boxall, Liz Brownlee, Jan Dean, John Dougherty, Sue Hardy-Dawson, Trevor Millum, Eric Ode, Andrea Shavick, Roger Stevens, Philip Waddell, Celia Warren, and Bernard Young.
All the above poets have websites where the actual poem performance might or might not appear… but I can tell you, mine, Back in the Future, is on my site, here!
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.
Ed Boxall’s is an artist poet, and his work can be found here.
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.
Roger’s latest book is The Waggiest Tails, a book of poems written by dogs, and a little help from Roger and Brian Moses, Otter-Barry Books.
Congratulations to Sue Hardy-Dawson, who was shortlisted for the CLiPPA award this year with her excellent and much recommended book, Where Zebras Go, Otter-Barry Books.
Here she is a few years ago performing her poem Terrible Lizards, by permission in Bristol Museum and Art Gallery.
Philip Waddell is a witty and prolific poet whose poems can be found in many anthologies. Here he is performing his dragon poem, Ashley.
A perfect end to the week which included Empathy Day, Laura Mucha performing her poem Get Off!
Jan Dean’s latest book is Reaching the Stars, Poems about Extraordinary Women and Girls, pub. Macmillan, written with Liz Brownlee and Michaela Morgan.
Wonderful Jane Clarke, poet and picture book author, performs Are We There Yet? My favourite of her rhyming picture books is Stuck in the Mud.
Celia Warren is an editor and a poet. Her beautifully illustrated book for the RSPB, The RSPB Anthology of Wildlife Poetry, A&C Black, is available here, and her anthology A Time to Speak and a Time to Listen, Schofield & Sims, is available here; a Teacher’s Guide is available to accompany this book. Her worm poem collection, Don’t Poke a Worm till it Wriggles, is available here.
This video was one of a collection used at Arnolfini in Bristol during Bristol Poetry Festival, for a Poetry Exhibition.
Artist and poet Catherine Benson performs her poem, The Bear in the Bin. As Cathy Benson, she illustrated the poetry book Blast Off, by Carole Bromley.
This poem was written just after this amazing moth’s behaviour had been recorded. The scientists involved kindly sent me the only photographs of its existence, with the moth actually on the robin’s head, its proboscis outstretched into – well, you’ll have to listen to the poem.