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My Christchurch travel diary

Yesterday I left home when it was dark which gave me an idea for a poem. Flying down I saw skinny strips of clouds like skinny strips of cloudy floss.

I drove straight to Rangiora High School from the airport. On the way I discovered Green’s Road. I made up poems with a Year 10 and a Year 9 class that I posted on my other blog, NZ Poetry Shelf. I really loved listening.

And then another idea for a poem arrived because my hotel has a cat. It came and miaowed at my door as though it knew I have a book called The Letterbox Cat. The cat needs a poem but now it has a photo.

Yeah NZ Book Council. Thanks for bringing me south!

Talk soon, Paula





I am reading from The Letterbox Cat at Time Out Bookstore on Saturday at 2.30pm

Today I am off to Christchurch to visit schools, including the winning Russley School, thanks to The New Zealand Book Council.

When I get home it will be time for my reading at Time Out Bookstore. Time for a poem chat.

I am really excited to have a chance to talk with you, answer questions and read some poems.

Bring your favourite questions. I will bring some nibbles. Yeah!


Let the bookshop know if you are coming! A little poem party.




My Storylines Family Day and Book Launch album

Yesterday was a rainy rainy day in Auckland but that didn’t stop masses of children and parents coming to the Aotea Centre to meet loads of children’s authors and do loads of activities. I got to launch my new book, The Letterbox Cat and Other Poems, and to spend time in the wonderful poetry zone.

I had a wonderful minder called Patricia who went and got me pumpkin soup to keep my energy up.

Penny from Scholastic launched my book with the best speech ever. She talked about what poetry does and why they picked the book. Just like me, she loves American poet, Shel Silverstein‘s Where the Sidewalk Ends.

I had picked him in my Top 5 Poetry Books for children for The New Zealand Book Council’s latest Booknotes Unbound.

My launch was special to me as children helped me out.

Emily from Balmoral School read a cat poem, along with Venetia, Lucy, Helen and Ollie from Gladstone School, and Skye, Sultan, Sarah, Lyrix and Toa from Glen Eden Primary School. The cat poems were stunning and the children all read with poise and confidence.

Cornwall Park School had students perform three of my poems and i was so moved at the way they brought the poems to life: ‘At Sea,’ ‘Faces,’ and ‘A Snail Poem.’ They made me smile and laugh out loud! And we all loved the reciting snail sliding across the stage. Oh the funny faces and the wavy sea. Thanks to Colleen and Jane for taking time out of your busy school schedules.

St Kentigern’s School for Girls also astonished me with their performances of ‘The Gargle Bird’ and ‘Rain.’ They made poems make music in the air. I loved the way they used their hands as much as their voices. Wow! Thanks to Judy for her dedication to words and books and creating such terrific recitals.

Myles Lawford, the illustrator, turned up to help me sign books and did cool pictures for everyone. Paper P;lus and Glenfield has some left over signed copies by him!

The Poetry Zone was full of cool activities. There was a poetry picnic, poetry mystery boxes and poetry feel boxes. Children who wrote poems got to read them at the mic! That was pretty amazing. I have posted my favourite poems from the mystery box below.

I was delighted to meet so many poetry fans. It was a splendid day so a big and especial thanks to the wonderful Storylines team. Thank you!

Here is my Family Day Photo Album (some photos are a bit fuzyy but you get the occasion!)

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And here is my favourite poem from the mystery box:

Storylines Poem by Evan (age 11)

A poem ‘about green’

LEAVES falling, spinning down to the
GRASS, covered in fresh morning dew.  A young boy wears green
SHORTS and a loose stripy green
T-SHIRT too.  The sounds of the mountain
KEA squawking very proudly.  Nearby in a green
ALLIGATOR chomps loudly and as the young boy retires to bed
He has sweet dreams about the colour….RED

Xaidyn read with me at Books for Kids and now he is sharing The Letterbox Cat with his class

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Here is Xaidyn with his dog Lily and my new book. How cool is this. His mum told me he is gobbling my book up. It makes being a writer very special when you get news like this. I have also included the poem Xaidyn read with me in Hamilton. Nice dog! Lily needs her own poem. He goes to Marian Catholic Primary School.


My Cat

My cat sat on a hat and fell through a portal.

The cat fell through a snowy portal.

He fell on a snowman.

He looked up and saw kid’s having snowball fights

and some were laughing and some were slipping

on a sled and building snowmen.



Not too late for Our Place poems

If you want to join me on my Hot Spot Poetry Tour and read a poem ….

….. it is not too late to write a poem on the theme of Our Place.

I am looking for word snapshots.

I am going to Gisborne, New Plymouth, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, Dunedin, Queenstown and Arrowtown, Tauranga, Auckland

Send to paulajoygreen@gmail.com

Include your name, age, year and school.

Dear poetry fans

Only two more sleeps until the launch of The Letterbox Cat at Storylines Family Day.

Noon at Aotea Centre on Sunday

Only four more sleeps until I fly to Christchurch to visit schools thanks to The New Zealand Book Council. I am looking forward to meeting Russley School, the South Island winner of The Third Fabulous Poetry Competition.

And you still have time to send in your ‘Our Place’ poems to get a spot to read with me on my Hot Spot Poetry Tour of NZ.