from Groovy Fish
It was such a pleasure having this chat with Lynn in the studio before my memorable taxi ride.
I can’t believe I forgot my all-time favourite New Zealand children’s poet, Margaret Mahy whose word play and leaping imagination astonishes me more than that of anyone else. I was full to the brim with award-day nerves but still …. A thousand apologies.
The Sapling will post an A to Z of my favourite children’s poetry books on Poetry Day.
I got to read two poems from my new collection based on the titles you gave me: Daniel’s ‘Midnight’ and Lucy’s ‘Lick Lick Riff’. This is not a published book yet as I am still doing the drawings for it.
Paula Green, Peter Simpson (photo: Marti Friedlander), Witi Ihimaera
Dear young poetry fans
I had to keep a secret for ages! But I just wanted to let you know I have been awarded the Prime Minister’s Award for Poetry – and yes! that includes my children’s poetry.
You have been such an important part of my poetry adventures – so it is a perfect time to say thank you. I love the way you take on my challenges and spark with poetry when I visit schools. I am always inspired by the poems you send me.
Once I have handed my big book to my publisher next year I will be able to come and visit classes again. I have missed it but I am writing every day at the moment.
The good news is I have finished my next collection Groovy Fish. I used the titles I collected from you on my Hot Spot Poetry Tour. Now I am doing black and white drawings to go with the poems which is fun.
Witi Ihimaera got the award for fiction and Peter Simpson got the award for nonfiction.
Very exciting and very special and my legs shook all day when I found out.
You can read about the award winners here.
I do hope you try my August challenge on Poetry Box.
And on Poetry Day I might show you one of my new poems and new drawings!
I am a big fan
of list poems
because they might
play with sound
the way a poem flows
the way rhyme can leapfrog through a list
collect more things
open up a topic
show what’s in your fridge
or under your bed
or in the sky
or swift moving
or makes you angry
or tastes good
or reminds you
of something or somwhere
a list poem
might be like
an old junk shop
or the back of a truck
or the sandpit
or inside my head
when I am thinking of a really really really long line that wants to stretch wide
or a short
poems can do
you just need
Send to firstname.lastname@example.org by 29th August. I will post some favourites on 31st August and have a book for at least one reader.
Please include your name, age, year and name of school. I won’t post poems if I don’t have these details.
IMPORTANT: Put LIST challenge in the subject line of the email please.