Welcome to my website. Here you will be able to find new poems, videos of me performing poems and various bits of news, articles I write for newspapers and magazines, interviews with me, reviews of things that I've been doing, lists of things I've done in the past and so on.
Since December 2011, I've also been writing a blog where you can catch my latest thoughts, ideas, and articles:
I've been appointed Professor of Children's Literature at Goldsmiths, University of London in order to help run a new MA in Children's Literature starting in September 2014. If you are interested in finding out more about this course, please contact Goldsmiths.
Updated 29th May 2012
Quite a few people recently have asked me where they can find the words of 'Chocolate Cake'. As you probably know there is a video of me performing 'Chocolate Cake' right here, along with 91 other poems filmed by my son Joe plus some other videos of me in performance from BBC Learning in Scotland and the like.
The words of 'Chocolate Cake' are in my book of poems: 'Quick Let's Get Out of Here'. It's in print and published by Puffin Books.
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The best thing you can do with poetry is just enjoy reading it together with the children. That has to be the starting point - not all that nonsense about quizzing them about adjectives and metaphors. So first thing: set up situations in which it feels good to read aloud together, read in groups, read silently. This could involve eg you putting poems up on the wall, without saying why! Just bung'em up and leave them there.
Just before play or going-home time, you could gather them on the carpet and say, 'hey listen to this' and read them a poem. No questions asked. Just read it. Read more...
So, while I think of it, which old Duke is fond of eating meat?
The Grand Old Duke of Pork.
Can you think of any words that have in it, three letters, one after the other, in exactly the same order as they appear in the alphabet?
Here's a clue to help you find two: This is something that you should definitely be able to work out. It’s not stupendously difficult...
This is the poem I wrote, Words Are Ours, for the National Year of Reading.
Another new poem - Hand on the Bridge.
This poem, These Are the Hands, was written to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the National Health Service. Click here to see a video of the poem.
For people looking for my poem about ‘Rhythm’ or ‘The Rhythm of Life’ it’s here on this site, called 'Hand on the Bridge'.
Here’s a ‘Live Chat’ with me on the BBC’s Student Life website
Year Six of Cleobury Mortimer Primary School in Shropshire interviewed me recently and here are my answers.
Here's a BBC quiz on me from the BBC’s Go4it website.
Watch this series of 33 video performances.
See me perform Bear Hunt.
Watch 49 videos of me reciting poems from my out of print book ‘The Hypnotiser’.
Want to see your poems, short stories or questions here on this site? Go to the Your Corner section and send them into me.