A bucket for the truth

The poet Adrian Mitchell once described poetry as, “a bucket for holding the truth”. Adrian Mitchell was one of my favourite writers, and poetry is one of my favourite types of writing. So this is a space for some poems…

A POEM FROM EDINBURGH

Many thanks to all you bushy-tailed children who came along to my SILLY STORIES event in Edinburgh on 23rd August. Here’s the poem you came up with…

 

OUR MACARONI POEM

 

My toy Lego – I will always keep it safe.

My green Transformer man – I will always keep him safe.

My Elsa and Anna dolls – I will always keep them safe.

My nice friends – I will always keep them safe.

My quite small toy telephone – I will always keep it safe.

My different-coloured bumble bee – I will always keep him safe.

My playful cousin, Freya – I will always keep her safe.

 

By children at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, writing with Sean Taylor.

Posted August 25th, 2016

AN ELEPHANT AND A MOUSE IN BRISTOL

Thanks to Bristol Foyles for inviting me in as part of their Storybox summer of events. Some of the children were feeling loud and some of the children were feeling quiet. So this is the poem we all came up with:

 

ELEPHANT AND MOUSE

 

Louder than an elephant stomping!

Louder than an ambulance zooming!

Louder than a whole skyscraper falling down!

Louder than a lion’s roar!

 

Quieter than a mouse squeaking.

Quieter than a worm in the soil.

Quieter than a hedgehog sleeping.

Quieter than a book waiting for someone to read it.

 

By children at Foyles, Cabot Circus, Bristol writing with Sean Taylor, July 2016.

Posted July 25th, 2016

PICKLED PEPPER POEM

Thanks to the dancing children and (and the dancing adults!) who came along to my event at Pickled Pepper Books event on Saturday. After reading my new picture book A BRAVE BEAR, we came up with this poem…

 

MOODY ANIMALS

 

A friendly pig.

A friendly pig.

He’s pretty.

He’s splashy.

He’s muddy.

He’s smiley.

A friendly pig is the friendliest thing in the world!

 

A naughty weasel.

A naughty weasel.

She’s sneaky.

She’s hidey.

She’s cheeky.

She’s flighty.

A naughty weasel is the naughtiest thing in the world!

 

An angry bull.

An angry bull.

He’s overtired.

He’s hungry.

He’s grumpy.

He’s loud.

An angry bull is the angriest thing in the world!

 

A happy dog.

A happy dog.

He’s jumping up.

He’s wagging his tail.

He’s playing with a toy bone.

He’s chewing up the toilet paper.

A happy dog is the happiest thing in the world!

 

by children at Pickled Pepper Books working with Sean Taylor, July 2016.

 

Posted July 25th, 2016

OXFORD PUDDLE POEMS

I loved taking part in the Bookfeast Schools Festival in Oxford yesterday. What a lively and quick-thinking audience from the five different schools! Thank you for having me. And here are the two little puddle poems we came up with:

 

Hot

Steamy

Reddish orange

Swirly

Crackly

Burning

FIRE

 

 

White and grey

Soft

Shiny

Precious

Round

Cheesy

Bright

MOON

 

by children taking part in the Bookfeast Schools Festival 2016 writing with Sean Taylor

Posted May 25th, 2016

BARNES GOES WILD

 

Warm thanks to all who came along to my event at the Barnes Festival of Children’s Literature on Saturday 14th May. Here’s the poem we all came up with:

 

ANIMALS

 

GIRAFFE! You spotty, jolly, tready-legged, leaf-eating long-kneck!

FOX! You red, sparkly-eyed orange-tail!

GUINEA PIG! You cute, chubby, toothy googly!

ZEBRA! You smooth-haired, lovely, black and white, stripy-patterned horse-thing!

 

by children at the 2016 Barnes Festival of Children’s Literature, writing with Sean Taylor

 

Posted May 16th, 2016

A POEM FROM OXFORD

Thanks to the young word jugglers at Oxford’s Story Museum who helped us come up with this poem inspired my new picture book A BRAVE BEAR…

 

OUR ANIMALS

An angry dinosaur!

An angry dinosaur!

He’s gigantic.

He’s a triceratops.

He has a long tail.

He has BIG TEETH!

An angry dinosaur

is the angriest thing in the world!

 

A naughty lion!

A naughty lion!

He has sharp claws.

He has stinky breath.

He steals bikes.

He is FEIRCE!

A naughty lion

is the naughtiest thing in the world!

 

A happy crocodile!

A happy crocodile!

He has splashy claws.

He has a big smile.

He has shiny eyes.

He has A TOOTHY SMILE!

A happy crocodile

is the happiest thing in the world!

 

by children at Oxford’s Story Museum working with Sean Taylor April, 2016

 

Posted April 25th, 2016

POEMS FROM CARDIFF

Thanks to all who came along to meet me at Cardiff Central Library on Saturday, as part of the Cardiff Children’s Literature Festival. It was a delight to be in the middle of all those warm exchanges! And here are the poems you helped me to write:

 

SILLY ANIMALS

 

GIRAFFE  -  You tall, spotty, long-necked, dribbly leaf-eater.

PUPPY  -  You messy, hairy, running-in-the-garden, splashing-on-the-beach, cat-chaser!

ELEPHANT  -  You gigantic, flappy, floppy, grey stomper!

ANT  -  You small, crawling, tickly, busy rock-climber!

 

by children at Cardiff Central Library working with Sean Taylor, Saturday morning April 16th 2016

 

 

VOLUME CONTROL

Louder than a dinosaur roaring!

Louder than Dylan going OWWWWW!

Louder than a storm covering the night sky!

Louder than a lion growing!

Louder than a children’s birthday party!

Louder than a tired baby crying!

Louder than a cross mummy shouting!

 

Quieter than a mouse creeping.

Quieter than a library.

Quieter than a fish swimming.

Quieter than a shy child whispering.

Quieter than a leopard’s footsteps.

Quieter than a quiet house.

Quieter than us, when we’re asleep…

 

by children at Cardiff Central Library working with Sean Taylor, Saturday afternoon April 16th 2016

Posted April 17th, 2016

I WILL ALWAYS KEEP IT SAFE

Thanks to all those children who joined me at DISCOVER in Stratford on Tuesday 29th March. They came up with special words and ideas so that we could write this poem together…

 

I WILL ALWAYS KEEP IT SAFE

My naughty black cat.                                                                                                           I will always keep her safe.

My brown, stuffed bear Bertram.                                                                                           I will always keep him safe.

My best friend Alana at school.                                                                                              I will always keep her safe.

My cheeky, sneaky, mischievous toy monkey.                                                                          I will always keep him safe.

My noisy baby sister, Naia.                                                                                                     I will always keep her safe.

My whole, funny, kind, lovely family.                                                                                      I will always keep them safe.

 

 

by children at DISCOVER working with Sean Taylor, Easter holidays 2016

 

 

Posted March 30th, 2016

The Day the World Turned Upside Down

The day the world turned upside down
the trees went blue, and the sky went brown.
Men became women. Women became men.
Two became three, and nine became ten.
All the dogs turned into cats.
Roots became branches, and shoes became hats.
Lambs became butchers, and fish became birds.
“Please” and “Thank you” became rude words.
Roads were rivers, and squares were round.
The day the world turned upside down.

The day the world turned upside down
aeroplanes flew underground.
Honest people turned into thieves.
Tea became coffee and coins became leaves.
Horses rode upon their riders.
Mice caught cats, and flies caught spiders.
Milk became metal. The deserts froze.
The sun set in the morning, and at night it rose.
All the news-readers were dancing clowns
the day the world turned upside down.

by Sean Taylor

Posted January 3rd, 2008

Snow Babies

I saw three girls make snow babies
with stumpy arms and legs.

They rocked their small white bundles
and kissed their soft cold heads.

It warmed my heart to see those
bright-eyed little mothers.

Then they burst out laughing
and threw the babies at each other.

by Sean Taylor

Posted January 3rd, 2008