Take a flight aboard The Dirigible Balloon! The Dirigible Balloon is a new webzine featuring poetry written for children by both new and established poets, launching on August 1st 2021. It is the brainchild of @JonathanHumble with technical support from @TheYorksTimes Find more about the project in The Yorkshire Times article by clicking here and if you want to showcase your poetry or illustrations, you can see the submission guidelines here. In addition, follow and contact
It's wonderful to see your poems used, but when a charity is using them for a good cause, that is #proud with bells on. I love these hand painted mugs using extracts of my poem, If I Were Me. They were created to support the MIghty Acorn Foundation Charity in Indiana, U.S. Here is the poem in full ... If I Were Me When I was young As young as you I did not know What I could do I did not know What I would see I did not know What I could be I did not know What made me me The vi
As always, I am overjoyed to be included in another of Brian Moses' mini anthologies; this time the theme is sport and the Olympics. The selection is diverse and inspiring. I wrote my poem in the hope of being #motivational to anyone who reads it. Sport is juts the metaphor. For me, the most important race, is the one with yourself. Be Olympic Send your javelin soaring A spear of dreams in flight Fling your discus skywards A whirling wish alight Put your shot and holler A hid
As a teacher, you always wonder what became of the hundreds, if not thousands, of children you once taught. Classrooms can be strangely eerie after school or very early in the morning. Memories of children gone before often burst into my brain when I least expect it: the joy we jumped for; the lessons learned; the dreams devised; the hopes we held. It's wonderful when, as adults, these kids track you down on social media (you see there are some positives) and tell you what a
Still one of my favourite videos of recent years. It's created by the fabulous, French and sometimes frivolous #PoloandPan ...and the fact it references #TheWizardofOz is nothing to do with it obviously! I love The Wizard of Oz and old Sci-Fi movies, so this was a match made in heaven for a nostalgic brain like mine ...
I was very proud to have this poem, Sparks, picked up and published by Gill Education, Ireland. It was the inception of believing that my poems were worth something to somebody. One day, I found myself looking around me, at every object and every thing that had led to that object to being something. I marvelled at the fact that I couldn't see much that wouldn't exist unless someone had thought of the idea or invention at some point, whether it be thousands of years ago or yes
So at my school, inspired by Galley Hill Primary School I decided to have our very own Heart Photography Competition: Make a heart with anything you like to show who you you are, what you love and then simply snap a shot of it. It's so inclusive. The photographs from Nursery are just as brilliant as those from Year 6. Each one speaks an individual story. Anyone can get involved and the results are spine-tingling! Add your own photo in the comments below and let's create a hea