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.
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.
Jane Clarke is the author of many poems in anthologies of children’s poetry, and of over 80 books, some them rhyming. Jane’s been an archaeologist (in London) a history teacher (in Wales) and a library assistant (Antwerp International School, Belgium). It was there, at the age of 40, that she started to write for children. Jane loves animals of all shapes and sizes, country walks, and shell and fossil hunts (she has a big collection of fossil sharks teeth). She enjoys making visits to nursery schools and primary schools to share her love of poetry and stories, and lead creative writing workshops. Her latest rhyming book is I Saw Anaconda, illustrated by Emma Dodd. Jane’s website is here, and her FB page here.
Jane is brilliant, especially with primary audiences. Here is one of her poems:
Drop in the Ocean
in life’s restless sea,
there’s a drop in the ocean,
and that drop is me.
Rocked by the waves,
or washed up on the shore,
I’m a minuscule drop,
among zillions more.
I’m a drop in the ocean
of life’s restless sea.
But there’d be no ocean
without drops like me.
© Jane Clarke
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Happy World Poetry Day!
To celebrate, here is a video of Poets are Everywhere, featuring poets Liz Brownlee, the late and wonderful Gerard Benson, Catherine Benson, Jane Clarke, Sue Hardy-Dawson, Andrea Shavick, Roger Stevens, and Philip Waddell. Written by the poets, with extra verses by Jan Dean, Michaela Morgan and Graham Denton. Filmed on location in Bristol, thanks to Blackwell’s Bookshop and Bristol City Museum.
A group of children’s poets met at Trafalgar Square Waterstones on Wednesday, to go on a poetry picnic… sadly, it was raining, so the event was taken to Festival Hall, and a fun time was had by all. There was chocolate. There was poetry writing. There was poetry chat! Thanks to Brian Moses for organising it, and for the photo! It’s hoped to make it a yearly event.
L-R: Laura Mucha, Liz Brownlee, Coral Rumble, Jan Dean, Jane Clarke, Roger Stevens, Phil Waddell, Brian Moses, and in front, Andrea Shavick and Clare Bevan. Oh! And Lola.