Welcome aboard The Dirigible Balloon

Updated: Oct 25

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 Jonathan Humble on Twitter to make sure you don't miss the balloon flight of a lifetime ...


I'll never forget the first imagination-igniting balloon ride I went on in my 70's childhood #WizardofOz ...


So let's go up, up and away in this beautiful Dirigible Balloon with Jonathan and all of the other poets crammed into his magical balloon basket ... (I love a bit of lounge music to send me soaring)


Up Up and Away · The John Schroeder Orchestra...


And always remember: everything starts with a spark! I'm trying to book the next flight on the Dirigible Balloon with this from me ...


Sparks

From Pac-Man, Oz, the moonwalk, Jaws

To rockets and sliced bread

Once sparks that lit up question marks

Ideas in human heads...

The PS4, X-box, the door

The BMX, the kite

King Kong, Ping Pong and hip hop songs

The book, to read and write

The Pyramids, New York, Madrid

The submarine, the chair

The bed, cheese spread and Barbie’s head

The wheel, the bulb, the square

The swimming pool, the slide, the school

The fizzy pop, the gum

The shoe, kung fu, the flushing loo

The phone, the clock, the drum

The microchip, the paper clip

Cartoons, the ball, the screw

Blue jeans, baked beans and trampolines

The toothbrush, pens, shampoo

The aeroplane, ice-cream, champagne

The world wide web, the fridge

French fries, cat’s eyes and custard pies

The road, the car, the bridge

Wonder what's in your head

Magnify the sparks

Imagine what you will invent

With your own question marks

© Mark Bird