This month I am a guest blogger on two blogs:
Prolific poet, author, performance poet and percussionist Brian Moses invited me to contribute as a guest to his poetry blog. Brian is very well known and loved for his appearances in schools and his great ideas for creative writing.
I was really pleased to be invited to the guest spot. Brian’s poetry blog is a lovely idea, as it introduces teachers and children to the writers and ideas behind the poems that they might come across at school. It’s great to be able to put a face to the writer and to learn a little about what inspired them to write, their thoughts about poetry-writing, and the ideas behind some of their poems.
Brian invited me to write about Walking on Air, which is my collection for children drawn from many of my anthologised poems, and is mostly about childhood. However, it wasn’t easy for me to choose which poems to feature! The memories and experiences of our childhood influence everything we do as adults, and particularly, I think, in our creative lives.
Read my guest post on Brian Moses’ blog here.
Published by: CreateSpace. ISBN 9781500252892. Available exclusively from Amazon. (Originally published in 1993 by HarperCollins and in 1999 by Hodder.)
I am also guest blogger this month for Writers Review.
Writers Review is a popular blog dedicated to reviews by authors and independent booksellers. The reviews feature any books, fiction and non-fiction, nature writing, memoirs, biographies etc – anything that has not been written for children. The team of reviewers (Celia Rees, Linda Newbery, Adèle Geras, Cindy Jefferies, Nick Manns, Penny Dolan and Sue Purkiss) and their invited guest reviewers write a weekly review blog on a book of their choice.
I chose to review the newest Kate Grenville novel. Grenville is the highly acclaimed Australian author of many outstanding novels. Her most well-known book is The Silent River, set at the time of the first settlers in Australia and their relationship with the First Nations. My review is about her much anticipated and most recent book, set in the same period: A Room Made of Leaves.
Read my guest post on Writers Review here.
Published by: Canongate, June 2021. Available from Amazon.
South Yorkshire NHS
I have also been invited to contribute two short articles for the South Yorkshire NHS website, about encouraging reading and writing for children.
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