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The Pilot and the Little Prince

I was listening to the wonderful Cerys Matthews on her Sunday morning radio show on Radio 6 (if you’ve never tuned into this, I urge you to do so - it's very eclectic music including a live session, as well as poetry and recipes!) and this…
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Book publication party of The Poet's Wife

We were so excited on friday night, publication day of The Poet's Wife, that we completely forgot to take photos. Here is a single one my husband took whilst I was reading a passage from the novel. It was such a wonderful evening and just…
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Publication day for The Poet's Wife!

My debut novel, THE POET'S WIFE is out today! PLEASE buy it, let me know what you think, leave a review on amazon and goodreads and tell your friends and family about it. Thank you :)
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Identity Poetry

My greatest challenge I find when I'm doing creative writing and poetry workshops is the time element - trying to squeeze everything I've planned (which always includes fun warm up exercises and small group discussions) into the timeframe…
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Moon Man by Tomi Ungerer

'On clear, starry nights the Moon Man can be seen curled up in his shimmering seat in space. Every night from his drifting sphere, the Moon Man was filled with envy as he watched the earth people dance. "If only once I could join the fun," he…
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Nairobi's Storymoja Festival

I have just spent the past three out of five days at Nairobi's Storymoja Literature Festival. It is an offshoot from the UK's Hay Literature Festival and showcases literature, art and music from Kenya, other African countries and beyond as…
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Writing from Art

A very enjoyable activity I did recently was to provide students with a piece of art and then ask them to form in their heads an idea of what had happened just before and just after the scene they are looking at. I chose Velazquez's 'The…
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A nice entry

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Would you rather have a monkey to tickle or a bear to read to

John Burningham is such a brilliant illustrator and children's writer. His drawings and prose are iconic and quirky and one of the things I love about his books is that they are left open-ended, loose ends fluttering in the breeze, just perfect…
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Travel by Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson, beloved Scottish author of Treasure Island as well as a number of other books for children and adults and an abundance of poems and musical compositions, travelled a great deal throughout his life before finally making…