Here comes that childhood pond again


Last night I got to stand on the stage at the Going West Literary Festival as The Curnow Reader and read my poems which was a lovely honour. Thank you.

Today Peter Bland and I will be reading poems and talking about our childhoods and talking about poetry at the festival. We are on at 11.15 in the Titirangi Hall if you want to come and hear us. Imagine if there were children in the audience! How cool would that be.

A poetry challenge: It is so good to see a session where you get to talk about poems for children. What do you think makes a good children’s poem? What do you like your poems to do? What are the best ingredients? What makes a poem sparkle and shine? Are there topics you especially love? Are there good flavours? Write me a letter and I will have a book prize for my favourite one.

Send to Include your name, age, year and name of school, and name of teacher and their email if you like.

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