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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 poems are featured in childrens poetry anthologies from Macmillan, Otter-Barry Books, and Nosy Crow, as well as comprehension text books from Bloomsbury and Schofield & Sims.

If You Go Down to the Woods Today, illustrated by Freya Hartas, was published by Magic Cat in 2021. Its a sumptuously illustrated search-and-find poetry book, exploring a magical woodland world through the four seasons, with poems to read and things to spot. It was featured in The Bookseller, was a Sunday Times Childrens Book of the Week, and received a prestigious Kirkus starred review.

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 the editor of Tyger Tyger Magazine, an online journal of poems for children, and run an online workshopping group for childrens poets, called Zig Zag Stanza..Im 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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