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Aimee, Neo and I go the TV studio to record poems and an interview for The Book Show on Face TV


To celebrate The Letterbox Cat (Scholastic, out now) and A Treasury of NZ Poems for Children (Random House, out Oct 3rd), Carole Beu invited me to The Book Show. Aimee and Neo read poems and Carole and I chatted about the books, Poetry Box and my Hot Spot Poetry Tour of NZ.

Aimee and Neo go to Cornwall Park District School and read some poems. They got their mics on, stood against the green backdrop and recited their poems beautifully. I was so proud of them.

Afterwards we went to a cafe for hot chocolate and talked about books and poems and being on TV.

It was a great morning and I especially loved talking with Carole about poetry for and by children.

Here’s where and when you can see the episode:

Where: The Book Show, Face TV Sky 083

When: Wednesday October 1st 8.30pm, Thursday October 2nd 12.30pm

and from Thursday morning you watch it on YouTube.

Tomorrow morning you can find the link here if you look at the top of the Women’s Bookshop homepage and click on The Book Show. This is Episode Three.

I am inviting you to my Auckland launch of The Letterbox Cat- lots happening so come and say hello afterwards!

Letterbox Cat invite

I am going to have a letterbox in the Poetry Zone at Family Day  where you can post poems for me to read. I will have a copy of The Letterbox Cat for my favourite poems and I will post some on Poetry Box. Make sure you add your name and contact details in case you win the book!

The Letterbox Cat: I have ten copies of my new book to give away and a challenge to go with it!


The Letterbox Cat and Other Poems (Scholastic) will be in bookshops soon (this month but I don’t know which exact day). Illustrations by Myles Lawford. (Is this my first low-grade selfie on Poetry Box? It’s definitely fuzzy but my camera is not working)


I had such fun writing these poems over the past few years and I had such fun working with the very lovely people at Scholastic on my book. A big thank you to Diana, Lynette, Penny and Frith. It was a pleasure to work with you all! And special thanks to the amazing designer, Dana Brown, who made the poems and the illustrations fill  the page with pizzazz. And thanks to Myles for his very cool illustrations. When I first saw the book I though it had a Dr Seuss feel which moved me very much indeed.

The book is available in shops this week and costs $12!


To celebrate I am posting a challenge. I will pick a cluster of your poems to post and I have ten copies for my favourite poems.

Write a poem using one of my opening lines as your first line to start your own poem! Make up your own title.

1. If you put your hat

2. On a blue day

3. When I am cold

4. Try writing a poem

5.  Imagine if you

6. The clouds are moving

7. Orange

8. The rain

9. Twitching tail

10. A Jack in the box


DEADLINE for your Letterbox Challenge: Wednesday August 20th

Send to paulajoygreen@gmail.com. Include your name, year, age and name of school. You can include your teacher’s name and email. PLEASE say it’s for the Letterbox challenge.

I will post my favourites and have a book prize for some poets.