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radio. mountains. food. similes. whoosh I’m off!

Greetings poetry fans

I am off to the South Island today to walk and ski, and walk and see a glacier or two. So I may not have much internet access until later on next week. (So maybe you will see some mountains instead of the same old beach photos!)

Yesterday I had a great chat with Kathryn Ryan live on National Radio. It is really strange sitting in a small room with ginormous headphones on and talking to some one you can’t see, It makes you really concentrate on what the person is saying. She does it all morning and is really good at it. When I was driving home I thought of all the things I could have said. A radio is not like a first draft when you write. You can’t fill in and edit. But the general idea was that children’s poetry is a wonderful thing to be involved with as both reader and writer, teacher or parent.

You can listen to the interview here:


Meanwhile you have until next Thursday (July 4th 6pm) to send me your food poems with a simile. Send to paulajoygreen@gmail.com. Include your name, age, year and name of school. You may include your teacher’s name and email if you like.

If you are new to this blog you always check back through the poetry challenges and send me in a poem (click on poetry challenges in the sidebar). I always write back to children who do the challenges and I post my favourite poems. I can’t post everything so if you miss out try again. (That’s what authors do, keep writing and keep sending!)

Phew! Getting close

Good afternoon poetry fans

I am hard at working shaping the anthology which is such a delight and seem to have a week of exciting things ahead of me. I kept the first half of the year pretty quiet so I could go on the big hunt for poems but now July is nearly here I have lots of things marked on my calendar.

This week I am going to be talking with Kathryn Ryan on National Radio (Thursday 11.20 am) about children’s poetry which is really exciting. It will be the first time I have ever talked about this topic in a live interview.

In about two weeks I am doing a New Zealand Book Council event at Blockhouse Bay Primary School. It starts with Books ‘n Brekkie which means children and parents can come and share books and breakfast with me before school starts. Then I am staying on for lots of activities throughout the day. Two young librarians will interview me on stage at a special school assembly which I think is a terrific idea. They have come up with some very good questions. I will let you know how the day goes.

I also have a full day visit at Titirangi Primary School next week and am judging the poetry competition at St Kentigerns.

I will do my utmost to have the First Fabulous Poetry Competition results posted by the end of this term (so keep your eyes out!).

Meanwhile I am off on a mini holiday with my girls and Michael to Queenstown, Arrowtown and Fox Glacier. So next week I may be off-line for three days. I am really looking forward to family time in a spectacular place and if I can manage it will keep a little poetry diary for you if I find internet connections.

Meanwhile I challenge you to go on the hunt for fabulous similes that will give poems a little pop!

Send me your favourite similes: paulajoygreen@gmail.com

Include your name, age, year and name of school.