To celebrate my two new books, A Treasury of New Zealand Poetry for Children (Random House, out in October) and The Letterbox Cat and other Poems (Scholastic, out August), I am doing a series of poetry events throughout the country in October and November. I wanted to go to so many more places but this will take me almost a month!
I need your help! I am on the hunt for children to read poems and schools to perform poems at these events.
Each day this week I will post ways you can help me celebrate children’s poetry in October. I am working hard to make this a spectacular display of poetry.
Today I am inviting children who would like to read at one of my events to send me a poem. Look below and see if I am coming to a town or city near you. You need to send in all the details I ask for please. If you can get to one of these events you can enter.
Deadline: Friday August 29th
Topic: My Place. Places are also people and things. It might be your favourite place to go where you live, your Nana’s place or the beach or the mountains, what you like to do, a bird, your pet, your favourite person. Remember to use good detail and give your poem a sound test. Does it sound good? Imagine you are taking a photo or video of where you live for me, to show me a bit you love. I will post some more tips for you next week.
Tell me: Your name, age, year and name of school. Can you give the name and email of your teacher please and name, email and phone number of your parent or guardian?
Send to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Hot Spot Poetry Tour Events ( I am doing other things in between these!):
Tuesday 14 October, Gisborne Event at Muir’s Bookshop 3.30 pm until 4.30 pm
Wednesday 15 October, New Plymouth Event at Puke Ariki Museum 6.30 pm -7.30pm
Sunday 19 October, Wellington Event at Te Papa 1 pm until 2pm
Monday 20 October, Nelson Event at Page & Blackmore Bookshop 4pm until 5pm
Tuesday 21 October, Christchurch Event at Canterbury Museum 6pm until 8pm
Saturday 25 October, Dunedin Event at University Bookshop 1.30 pm until 2.30 pm
Tuesday 28 October, Queenstown/Arrowtown Event at Remarkables School Hall 5 pm until 6pm
Saturday 8 November, Auckland Event at The National Library, Parnell 2pm until 4pm
(Tomorrow I will announce my Wild Card event)