As well as writing books, I am a poet. I love crafting poetry on all kinds of topics, and in a range of forms, both rhyming and unrhyming. In fact, I love poetry so much that I am a Doctor of Poetry (well, technically I am a PhD, Doctor of Philosophy – by my thesis was, in fact, about children’s poetry)
My poems have also been published in magazines, most regularly in the School Magazine. I am really proud to have had many of my poems published here over the years, and each time they have been illustrated by some of Australia’s best known illustrators, including Matt Ottley and Sarah Davies. If you love poems, stories, plays and more, you might enjoy this magazine – and support Australia’s longest running periodical for children.
One of my School Magazine poems was last year recorded, read by Geoffrey McSkimming:
Some of my poems have appeared in collections, including:
‘Paraphernalia’ in Our Home is Dirt by Sea, edited by Dianne Bates and published by Walker Books Australia.
‘Gran’s Visit’ included in One Minute Till Bedtime , edited by Kenn Nesbitt, and published by Hachette. Then, more recently, the same poem was republished in A World Full of Poems, edited by Sylvia Vardell.
Where else can you see my poems? Right here – read by me!
‘The Jetty’ is about the amazing Busselton Jetty, which is a mile long (and which I swim around, annually, in an organised swim event)
‘Trash and treasure’ is about the beach, and what the ocean leaves behind
‘Milkbar’ is also about the beach. You might start to tell that I love writing poetry about my daily visits to the beach:
And, finally, yet another beach poem, ‘Happy Toes’:
And if all of that is not enough poetry, I have written four verse novels which are stories told using Free Verse poetry. You can read more about each my clicking on the cover:
Want to see still still more of my poetry? Check back here, or on my blog regularly for Poetry Friday posts.
If you are a teacher or librarian and want me to share poetry with your class, or in a professional development session, contact me.
And if you are a publisher wanting to publish one or more of my poems, or wanting me to write something brand new, let me know.