News 2016

 Poetry Camp 2016… SO MUCH FUN!

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Thank you for a fantastic day out everyone!  Creativity was certainly unleashed… can’t wait for Poetry Camp 2017!


The Secret Is Out!

October 2016

 

Exciting times!  The Secret Poetry Project is underway and we’ve had some wonderful submissions.

Jack is keen for me to share his entry.  He told me this poem while we were out wandering in the forest; our secret place.  Luckily I had my notebook on hand!

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Jack is 4 so he speaks his poems.  His poetry is always spontaneous and is a part of his play.

If you have a young child I encourage you to ‘catch’ their poems and send them in!  They don’t have to be on the theme of secrets.  After all poetry is about playfulness, spontaneity and imagination; 3 things young children have in abundance!


Lil Seeds Kindy Goes Wild in October

I joined the Lil Seeds gang recently for a poetry walk in the bush.

Lil Seeds is the most fantastic kindy.  They’re based in Glen Eden and each week they venture out to local spots like beaches, parks and the forest.  No wonder they are so good at hunting down poems outdoors!

Check out their wonderful poetic ideas…

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Happy Birthday Arth for Oct!

A huge happy birthday to Arth, a very creative, cheeky and super fun 7 year old!

Hope you had a great day buddy!

Here’s one of Arth’s hilarious poems for you to enjoy…

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National Poetry Day – August 2016

Jack Witch Poem (1)Kitty the catCat, cat, catThe cat ran into a doorsmashed all of the clothesand then another cat cameand smashed more clothes!

New Zealand was thoroughly steeped in poetry last Friday.  There were over 100 events around the country as part of Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day.

Here’s a few shots from Timeout Bookstore’s Pavement Poetry event…

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Maxwell had loads of fun creating this poem about a cheeky cat.

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My little boy Jack kept me busy writing his poem about a scary witch.

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The pavement was covered with poems!

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More Poetry Adventures at Titirangi Library – August 2016

I met another talented group of poets last week.

They joined me for a workshop at the wonderful Titirangi Library.  We started off the afternoon with a little warm up and the poets wrote some fantastic lines…

Envy tastes like sour lemons.
Holly

 

Anger feels like fire burning down your back.
Amelia

 

Calm tastes like a tropical breeze.
Hannah

 

Happiness smells like freshly baked bread.
Holly

 

Happiness sounds like a butterfly singing.
Corey

 

Worry feels like a boat rocking on the sea.
Holly

 

Happiness sounds like squeals of joy.
Amelia

 

Sadness looks like a hundred tears.
Holly

 

 

Excitement sounds like a squealing pig.
Holly

 

Happiness feels like fluttering.
Hannah

 

What a creative bunch! I was really impressed with their poetry.  Here are some of my favourites…

A dog that has energy

Taking Off In A Boat

When I'm Still In Bed

Sophie Poem

The Earth

Hannah Guinea Pigs

 

Reading

You can feel her purring like butterfly’s wingsYou can feel her calico furYou can hear her scraping in her boxShe is never asleep!

Two Certain Rabbits

Sharks

What I Would Take Out Of The World

My Cat

I Like

Painting a Picture

My secret name is snowA puddle of icy rainDropping from the sky.

 

My Secret Hideaway (1)

Moving

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Pets

 

Dragons

 

Eating A Plum

Charlotte - What I Would Take Out of the World

Buttercup

By Holly - What I Will Take Out Of The World

A little bug crawlsAlong the groundThe grandma chompsUp the groundThe little bugBites a little chipThen comes GrandmaWith a big whip!Cat jumps onto the chipPoor little bug Jumps upTakes flightOn a rocket shipAt last Gran

 

The Unicorn's Tale

Thank you so much to Titirangi Library for hosting us!


Playing with Poetry at New Lynn Library – July 2016

I had such a fun afternoon!  I got to hang out with some wonderful young poets at New Lynn Library.

We read some poetry by Laura Ranger and talked about how she uses poetic comparisons to create interesting images in the reader’s mind.  The writers came up with some great poetic comparisons of their own.  Here’s a few by talented 10 year old writer, Oleg.

 

THE GRASS IS WAVING AS IF IT IS CHANGING INTO THE OCEAN.

ANGER IS AN ENEMY.

HAPPINESS IS A FEELING OF FREEDOM.

 

I particularly love Oleg’s first image!  We talked about how poetry is a bit like painting.  If you shut your eyes and listen to a great line, like Oleg’s, you’ll see lots of pictures in your head.

The poems below have some wonderful images in them…

My Dog Spark

 

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My mum is like meHer eyes are blackShe goes everywhere, fastlike a rabbit.

We were inspired by these two poems by Laura.  The first one is a bit cheeky!

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We created our own poems about things we’d like to get rid of…

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I would takecats out of the worlddogs are way betterI would take away mean as bad guysAnd things like electric shocksand lightning...I would take them out too.

We wrote about things we like too…

 

I like going to the parkand swingingon the swings I goas high as the Sky TowerI shoot down the slideso fast. (1)

I would take all the story books out of the worldI'd take a happy dogAnd giant watermelonJustforme.

I’d like to say a big thank you to Lois and the New Lynn Library for hosting us.  We had so much fun!


Poetry Adventures in the Titirangi Library – April 2016

I had the most exciting day yesterday!

I ran two poetry workshops at my favourite library in Titirangi and I got to met 17 talented young poets.

The children had so many original ideas and it was so exciting to see language being used in such fresh and inventive ways.

Their poems are beautiful, imaginative and full of natural music.  I was blown away by them, and I know you will be too…

 

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I’d like to say a huge thank you to Erica and the Titirangi Library for hosting us.  The library was the perfect setting for our poetry adventure.