First children’s poetry collection, ‘Saturdays at the Imaginarium’, will be published by Troika this July

The secret’s out… thankfully, because it’s been killing me sitting on this one!

I’m thrilled, tickled and cock-a-hoop to confirm that my first full poetry collection for children will be published by Troika in July 2020.

Saturdays at the Imaginarium will celebrate creative thinking, champion curiosity and revel in the pleasure of looking at things ever so slightly slant.

With enormous thanks to the wonderful team at Troika who are an absolute delight to work with: Martin West, Roy Johnson and the awesome artist Jude Wisdom who I’m honoured to say is illustrating our book.

Here’s a flyer with a sneak preview of what’s in store….



Three poems in Poetry Wales

I’m delighted to have three poems published in the latest issue of Poetry Wales, edited by Jonathan Edwards. Founded in 1965, Poetry Wales publishes internationally respected contemporary poetry, features and reviews in its tri-annual print and digital magazine.

The poems, ‘Forecast’, ‘Open Letter to Big Daddy’ and ‘When My Dead Mother Made Me Meatballs’ appear in issue 55.2 winter 2019/20.

In this issue:

Features: Gillian Clarke, ‘The Highest Wind in the World’ – on tree planting and creativity; Paul Henry ‘Music and Light’ – an interview; Arjunan Manuelpillai, ‘How to Make a Poetry Ashram’ – on poetry libraries; David Greenslade, ‘Imagined/Invited’ – a poem/collage collaboration; Wendy Pratt, ‘The Hare and the Witch: Transforming Grief into Poetry’

Reviews: Kate Noakes on Zoe Brigley and Jeremy Hooker; David Clarke on Fran Lock and Emily Cotterill; Anna Lewis on Eleanor Rees and David Clarke; Steve Whitaker on Ben Ray and Alan Perry

Poems: Gillian Clarke, Osi Rhys Osmond, Stephen Knight, Vicky Morris, Jessica Mookherjee, Marvin Thompson, Liz Lefroy, Emily Blewitt, clare e. potter, Patrick Jones, Phil Jones, Arjunan Manuelpillai, Di Slaney, Matthew Jarvis, Rhea Seren Phillips, David Rees Davies, Joe Dunthorne, Matthew Caley, David Clarke, Emily Cotterill, Shauna Robertson, Christopher Meredith, Emma Simon, Wendy Pratt, Neetha Kunaratnam, Rhian Edwards, Linda Saunders, John Freeman.

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