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!