On the theme of change for National Poetry Day, here is Pheoebe Gigg performing Roger Stevens’ poem, Sadness.
This award is voted for by teachers who use poetry in the classrooms, so it is thrilling to even be nominated.
Here are this years shortlisted books in the poetry category:
#NSTBAs team go all out; the longlist reviews all the books (poetry and fiction and non-fiction) in wonderful detail, and the shortlisted books are all pictured with fabulously cute dogs, making the whole process very, very special.
The organisation involved in getting Lady and Mungo dressed in the correctly coloured bows to set off each book alone must be epic!
Here’s each book in detail:
I’m thrilled to be involved in this shortlisting with lovely Sue Hardy-Dawson and Roger Stevens. The work involved in writing and shaping all these poems into the animals they are about took months and months of back-breaking work, and it’s wonderful to have it recognised! This book was published by Bloomsbury, who have made a beautiful hardback book on quality paper with two colour printing to properly show off the loveliness inside! Artwork by Lorna Scobie.
Matt Goodfellow‘s first entry on the shortlist is his wonderful single voice book, Chicken on the Roof. Matt has a sensitive and lyrical way with words, and Otter-Barry, the publisher, always do a fine job with quality paper and excellent illustrations, in this case by Hannah Asen.
Zaro Weil’s fabulous Firecrackers is an amazing bumper book of poems, wordplay and stories with gorgeous illustrations by Jo Riddell. It is published by Troika in association with ZaZa Books in an eye-catchingly large format hardback.
And lastly – I’m over the moon to be shortlisted again for this award with The Same Inside, with Matt Goodfellow and Roger Stevens, both also shortlisted twice. The Same Inside is a book of poems all about empathy, tolerance, kindness, and love; there are poems in here to spark conversations and opinions about many sensitive subjects that are or could be worrying our young people today. It was hard to write! But a subject dear to our hearts. The publisher is the long-time stalwart of children’s poetry, Macmillan, with a wonderful cover by Debbie Powell.
The winner is announced on November 10th at the award ceremony.
Roger Stevens’ bio on this site, including one of his poems, is here.
The theme of National Poetry Day (October 4th) this year is ‘change’.
If you have a children’s or young people’s poem on the theme of change, or if you are a young person who has written a poem on the theme of change, would you like to see it on Poetry Roundabout?
Send poems for a chance to see them here to: lizpoet @ gmail.com with ‘Change Poem’ in the subject line.
Here is a poem of mine, published as a shape poem in Apes to Zebras, an A-Z of Shape Poems, by Liz Brownlee, Sue Hardy-Dawson and Roger Stevens, pub. Bloomsbury.
The Paradox Frog
The ambition of all frogspawn
in any pond or bog,
is to change from tiny tadpole
into a fine, fat frog;
But to be a giant tadpole
is quite unorthodox,
and to grow into a smaller frog –
well, that’s a paradox.
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.
Roger Stevens performing Dog Poem – Roger has a new book, The Waggiest Tails (Otter-Barry), written with Brian Moses, out now – actually, the poems are all written by dogs. There is even one by Lola, the dog in this video! Available here.
Leilah Boukhedenna charmingly performs Roger Stevens’ Judy’s Dog Poem. Roger has recently written a book with Brian Moses, The Waggiest Tails: Poems Written by Dogs, illustrated by Ed Boxall, (Otter-Barry).
Roger Stevens has had nearly 40 books published: novels, numerous solo poetry collections and edited poetry collections. His most recent books are The Same Inside: Poems about Empathy and Friendship (Macmillan); The Waggiest Tails: Poems Written by Dogs illustrated by Ed Boxall, (Otter-Barry) and Apes to Zebras: an A – Z of Shape Poems illustrated by Lorna Scobie (Bloomsbury). When not writing, he visits schools, libraries and festivals performing his work and running workshops for young people and teachers. He is a National Poetry Day Ambassador for the Forward Arts Foundation, a founding member of the Able Writers scheme with Brian Moses; and runs the award-winning and most excellent poetry website PoetryZone, here, for children and teachers.
Roger is a dear friend and a tireless supporter of children’s poets and poetry. Here is one of his fab poems!
The Brown Bear
In the dark wood
In a clearing
Sleeps a brown bear
His skin is furless
His paws are clawless
He walks into the city
The moon is hidden
The clouds are weeping
A princess slumbers
The thief creeps through
The royal bedroom
And steals her ruby
A priceless heirloom
The ruby glows
With fire and lightning
A spell is cast
So frightening, frightening
The thief grows fur
His body thickens
His hands grow claws
He sickens, sickens
Beneath the black sky
Into the dark wood
He stumbles, stumbles
For in the ruby,
A wizard’s mind
Is scheming, scheming
Now, in the dark wood
In a clearing
Sleeps a brown bear
© Roger Stevens (First published in Moondust and Mystery. Chosen by John Foster. OUP, 2002)
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Above is just a mini-glimpse of the fabulous children’s poets who will be showcased in this year’s #AtoZBlogChallenge on Poetry Roundabout and Liz Brownlee poet. Every day there will a new post of one to nine poets for that day’s letter of the alphabet. BUT – I am not going from A-Z! I am going from Z to A! Then at the end of the challenge, all my posts will read from A-Z.
After April finishes, the posts of British Poets and US and World Poets will be put A-Z in separate pages above the title on this blog. These lists will become permanent resources for poets and teachers and industry professionals and – anyone interested in children’s poetry!
There is a COMPETITION! For those in the UK, four of the poets in the list DO NOT EXIST! They are completely made up! Four real poets in the A-Z have made anagrams of their names and posted a false bio and other information and have written a special poem for their alter-ego. You have to work out which poets have an alter-ego! Get all four right and you stand a chance of winning a copy of Apes to Zebras, an A-Z of Shape Poems by me, Sue Hardy-Dawson and Roger Stevens; Animal Shape Poems for 9 to adult. A beautiful, glossy hardback.
You cannot enter until the A-Z has finished, because you need all the names of the poets to work out the answers. Unless you think you can guess because you know a lot of poets! The judges decision is final. You will be picked at random from all the entries. Please email your answers, with answers, name, email and home address, to poetryfunfactory @ gmail.com. Please follow poetry roundabout. You won’t miss a post, then! Follow me here on Twitter or Children’s Poetry Summit here on Twitter for more children’s poetry news – maybe some clues? Who knows. But share, share, share and spread the love! Thank you, see you on the challenge!
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Yes, it’s out TODAY! And there is still time to win one if you click and share on social media: Win a book!
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.
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
Well, time for another poetry video, I think. This one is by Roger Stevens – with an animation by Ron Bookless AND a song! What more could you ask. Roger is not only a children’s poet, but talented musician as well. This poem is from his book Low Flying Rabbits Ahead, Macmillan.
Roger Stevens’ excellent PoetryZone has a new competition – Write a Poem for Christmas.
It can be a funny, sad or serious poem. If you don’t celebrate Christmas, send a poem about the holidays, or about winter.
Poems can be long, short, rhyming or non-rhyming, and in any style. You may enter as many poems as you like. But remember, Roger is looking for originality.
Three winners aged 7 and under will win copies of Joshua Seigal’s Little Lemur Laughing Three winners aged 8 or over will win copies of Joshua Seigal’s I Don’t Like Poetry.
All the details here on PoetryZone. Get writing!