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I write poems for primary school children, encouraging a love of language and storytelling, on a wide range of themes: mythical characters, space probes, history, feminism, feelings, poetic form, school, friendship, animals… You can watch me performing some of these on the Centre for Literacy in Primary Educations fantastic Poetryline website.

My first picture book is If You Go Down to the Woods Today, illustrated by Freya Hartas, forthcoming from Magic Cat in March 2021 and available to pre-order from their website. It's a sumptuously illustrated search-and-find book, exploring a magical woodland world through the four seasons, with poems to read and things to spot. It was featured in The Bookseller in December 2020.

I have co-edited three poetry anthologies for children with the Emma Press: Falling Out of the Sky: Poems about Myths and Monsters (2015, shortlisted for the CLPEs children's poetry award), Watcher of the Skies: Poems about Space and Aliens (2016) and The Head that Wears a Crown: Poems about Kings and Queens (2018).

I am a member of the Childrens Poetry Summit and contribute to their brilliant blog; I have also taught writing courses on childrens poetry for The Poetry School.

I regularly perform at schools all around the country and can tailor a performance and/or workshops to your requirements. Please contact me for further details.

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© Rachel Piercey 2021