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  • The Child Who Was Wild

    31st October 2018

    The Child Who Was Wild Once there was a woman, a young, young woman She ran from the city, the old, old city She ran to the woods, the deep dark woods She wasn’t seen for days. Days, weeks and months. She came out of the woods, the deep dark woods She came with a child, a child who was ...read more

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  • Poems & Emotions

    29th September 2018

    Poems & Emotions We’re used to thinking of one kind of poem being about feelings and emotions – love, sadness, mourning, hope and so on. Think of one of the most famous poems in English, the one by Wordsworth that begins, ‘I wandered lonely as a cloud…’ Straightaway there in the first line is an emotion-feeling word: ‘lonely’. Another tradition ...read more

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  • Volcano Bag

    31st August 2018

    I was listening to the radio and I heard about a woman who lived on the island of Monserrat in the Caribbean. Monserrat is a really one big volcano and a few years ago it erupted and people had to run away from the island. A few years later people started going back to the island. They didn’t want to ...read more

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  • How to Shake Things Up in the Writing, Reading, Talking, Listening Field

    30th July 2018

    For teachers wondering about how to shake things up in the writing, reading, talking, listening field: How about a whole school writing project? I’ve seen these work really well in several schools. So, the staff get together and choose a ‘big’ or ‘important’ text or a single author. You each work out how you can work with some part of ...read more

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  • Writing – Starting Points

    11th June 2018

    The simplest, easiest and most painless way to write is to be stimulated or inspired by another piece of writing. Writers do this, without self-consciousness or shame! We read something and it triggers something off in our minds. What kinds of ‘something’ might this be? And how do we allow ourselves to be triggered by other people’s writing? In one ...read more

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  • Reveal-Conceal and Other Ideas For the Classroom

    15th May 2018

    Teachers sometimes ask me for ways they can use to get away from the rigid questioning of children about books, or passages taken from books. I’ll share here methods that I’ve heard other teachers talking about. If you know about these already, apologies. 1/. Prequels and Sequels – any poem, passage or whole book ‘invites’ the making up of stories ...read more

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  • How to Look at a Poem

    6th March 2018

    If you’re sitting looking at a poem and you’re wondering what to say about it, think about or write about it, one of the best places to start is to ask yourself if there is anything in the poem or about the poem that makes you think of something that has happened in your life – or in the life ...read more

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  • Making Up A Riddle

    7th February 2018

    Have you ever tried making up a riddle? Here’s a riddle you may know: ‘ I go round the world but stay in the corner. What am I?’ Answer: a postage stamp. That idea of doing one thing ‘but’ seeming to do something that is an opposite, is called a ‘paradox’. Remember that! Now, imagine you are that postage stamp ...read more

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  • Scribbles, Notes, and Blogs

    8th January 2018

    I used to scribble all my ideas down in a notebook but now that we’ve got phones and tablets I use the ‘Notes’ page on my phone. If you like writing and want to write more, you could do that. You don’t need an internet connection for it and every time you have a new idea you can create a new ‘page’ ...read more

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  • Build a Poem or a Rap

    18th December 2017

    Here’s a simple way to build a poem or a rap: collect words from the street. What you do is write down the names of shops, buildings, stations that you see. You add in the kinds of ads that you see up in the street, stuff to do with ‘buy this!’ You make up a chorus about walking down the ...read more

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  • Tips For Writing Poems

    10th November 2017

    People often ask me for tips about writing poems. I always say that the best and simplest way to think about writing poems is first to read some poems. Then as you read say to yourself ‘I could write like that’. When you think about those words ‘like that’, that means you could write a poem that sounds like that; ...read more

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  • Chocolate Cake

    19th September 2017

    I’m dead pleased to say that my video of Chocolate Cake has come out as a book! Yes, it comes with all the noises and exclamations! So, when you read it, you can make all the noises yourself. The pictures have been done by Kevin Waldron, who did the pictures for my book Tiny Little Fly. He’s a brilliant artist ...read more

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