There aren’t many awards for children’s to poetry so it’s pretty special to win one of them!
I’m thrilled to announce, with Sue Hardy-Dawson and Roger Stevens, that we have won this year’s North Somerset Teachers’ Book Award for Poetry, which is voted on by teachers from North Somerset and all over the UK.
A huge thank you to all the teachers who took the trouble to read the entire shortlist and vote on them. What a special thing. We are overjoyed that our book is helpful and being used in schools.
Over the next few days I will be sharing videos of some of the poems from the book read by the authors.
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.
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.
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.
Sue Hardy-Dawson is a Yorkshire born poet, artist, and illustrator, and has been widely published in children’s poetry anthologies. She had worked with children for over twenty years. 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. She has a new collection of shape poems, Apes to Zebras (Bloomsbury) with Roger Stevens and Liz Brownlee. Her second solo collection If I Were Other than Myself (Troika) is due out in spring 2019.
Here is one of her wonderful poems with its illustration, also by Sue:
where zebras go
where the amber river slows
where the alligator wallows
where the cruel acacia grows
where the hippo haunts the shallows
Where the sleeping lions doze
where antelope meekly swallows
where the sky and land sit close
where the trees are dark as gallows
Where the hot wind ebbs and flows
where the grass is coarse and fallow
where the plains grow dry as bones
where the earth is scorched and yellow
Where the desert soil corrodes
where the trees are parched and sallow
where vultures stoop in funeral clothes
where the clouds are looming shadows
Where the dust creeps down the road
where the air is still and hollow
where mountains fall and woodlands close
where the mud is thick as tallow
where the elephants leave their bones
where gazelle and bison follow
where the great Sirocco blows
where the rains go, zebra goes
© Sue Hardy-Dawson (From Where Zebras Go, Otter-Barry Books)
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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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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!”
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To My Daughters
Girls rejoice, I did not wish you other,
though there is so much blood from birth to birth,
and the moon’s monthly shadow, I love you.
Some say we have it easy here, some do.
At best it’s luck really. Then there’s the whole
in His own image thing. Give me a Her
sweet Mother Earth, Mother Nature, they scold
but at least they nurture. Brothers, fathers
you are still our blood sisters. Look to your
daughters, are they not both clever and so
beautiful? Do not squander such wise gifts
do not mock us, we cannot help our breasts
no more than you, your lack, remember this
even snakes have forgotten the apple.
© Sue Hardy-Dawson 2016
Sue’s lovely book, Where Zebras Go, Otter-Barry, can be found here.
Sue Hardy-Dawson is a poet and illustrator, her latest book, Where Zebras go, can be bought here.
Sue Hardy-Dawson is a poet and illustrator, her latest book, Where Zebras go, can be bought here.