NEWS & EVENTS

DISCOVER

Thank you to the sell-out crowd who joined me at Discover Children’s Story Centre this week. We had a lot of fun with stories, riddles and rhymes.

And they came up with this lovely group poem inspired by my book – KISS THE CROCODILE.


NEVER KISS THESE THINGS


Never kiss a lion.
Never kiss a worm.
Never kiss a snake,
in case it bites your face.

Never kiss a crow.
Never kiss a crocodile.
It’s better to kiss your mum –
just in case…



IT’S SCARY ON THE ISLE OF WIGHT…


I’ve just had a great weekend at the Isle of Wight Literary Festival, doing events around my book I WANT TO BE IN A SCARY STORY! Thanks for having me and an extra special thank you to the children who came up with this spooky poem:


SCARY STORY POEM

Our scary story poem
has a spooky house in it.
It’s crooked and pointy.
It’s haunted.


Our scary story poem
has wolves in it.
They’re big and vicious.
They’re frightening and deafening.


Our scary story poem
has a witch in it.
She’s got a green face.
She’s got a spiky cat.


So let’s leave them in the poem
and go for lunch.
And have a ham and cheese sandwich.

by children at the Isle of Wight Literary Festival 2018, working with Sean Taylor

YEAR ONE POETS IN PETERBOROUGH!

It was my pleasure to visit Queen’s Drive Infants School in Peterborough last week. My thanks go to Pop Up Festival for organising the day, and to the bright-eyed children in each of the classes I visited for coming up with the special selection of words we needed to write the following three poems:

ANIMALS POEM

Owl!
You fluffy,
pecky,
flappy,
sharp-clawed,
hard-beaked
BIG EYES!

Snake!
You wriggly,
scaly,
slithery,
thin,
hissy
SHARP TOOTH!

Lion!
You furry-maned,
pointy-clawed,
swishing-tailed,
hungry,
roaring,
deadly
KING OF THE ANIMALS!

by Year 1 Rabbits Class at Queen’s Drive Infants, Peterborough, working with Sean Taylor, as part of Pop Up Festival, June 2018


THE MONSTER

Let’s create a monster!
Let’s give it one huge eye.
Let’s give it sharp ginormous teeth.
Let’s give it spiky brown hair.
LET’S CREATE A SCARY MONSTER!

Let’s create a monster!
Let’s give it a fast-wiggling tail.
Let’s give it creepy claws.
Let’s give it pointy orange toes.
LET’S CREATE A FRIGHTENING MONSTER!

by Year 1 Squirrels Class at Queen’s Drive Infants, Peterborough, working with Sean Taylor, as part of Pop Up Festival, June 2018



THE STORY OF SPRING AND AUTUMN

The spring path has big green trees.
The spring path has flowers, yellow, blue and turquoise.
The spring path smells perfumed and fresh.

The autumn path has crunchy leaves on the floor.
The autumn path is cold and chilly.
The autumn path is peaceful, silent, quiet and calm.

We are going to choose the autumn path.

by Year 1 Owls Class at Queen’s Drive Infants, Peterborough, working with Sean Taylor, as part of Pop Up Festival, June 2018

PORTSMOUTH…A CITY OF YOUNG READERS

Many thanks to Portsmouth Schools Library Service for inviting me down this week. I was delighted to spend time with the quick-thinking children and dedicated teachers at Penhale and Court Lane infant schools. And it warms an author’s heart to visit a city which puts energy all year round into getting children excited about books.

Here are some poems that the children came up with…



MY PRECIOUS THINGS

My dark white bunny-teddy.
I will always keep him safe.

My beautiful family.
I will always keep them safe.

My fantastic friends.
I will always keep them safe.

My fluffy hamster, Harry.
I will always keep him safe.

My secret diary.
I will always keep it safe.

My special gold necklace from my nan.
I will always keep it safe.


by Year 2 children at Penhale Infant School, working with Sean Taylor.



THE LION, THE TIGER AND THE GIRAFFE


An angry lion!
An angry lion!
She’s horrible.
She’s got a fluffy mane.

She’s hunting for food.
She’s thirsty.
An angry lion is the angriest thing in the world!

A naughty tiger!
A naughty tiger!
He’s rude.
He’s mean.

He’s growling.
He’s selfish.
A naughty tiger is the naughtiest thing in the world!

A happy giraffe.
A happy giraffe.
He’s grinning.
He’s laughing.

He’s funny.
He’s ticklish.
A happy giraffe is the happiest thing in the world!

by Year 1 children at Penhale Infant School, working with Sean Taylor.

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.

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

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


Events 2017

I’ll be out on the road in the coming weeks.  Please come and join in at one of these events:

Saturday 11th November, 10.30am, Waterstones, Crouch End, London. Come and meet me and  illustrator Claire Alexander for a heart-warming morning of riddles, stories and wintry craft activities. All details here .

Monday 4th December, Picture Book Club South West at Foyles, Cabot Circus, Bristol. An evening of conversation about how to write picture book stories, with readings from my latest books and a chance to ask questions.


Trailer for WE HAVE LIFT OFF!

We’ve had some fun making this trailer for the new picture book, WE HAVE LIFT-OFF!

The Gloucestershire chicken voices are by Emma Williams and (the illustrator herself) Hannah Shaw. The animation is by Adriana Meirelles. The barnyard/space adventure music is by Andre Vac. Have a watch and please pass the link on to anyone you think might be interested in the book…

The Faithful Gazelle

Last month I travelled to woods in West Sussex with storyteller Inno Sorsy and Year Six children and their teachers from Harbinger Primary School in East London. It was my twelfth Writers’ Journey with the school.

This year we worked on a story from the Middle East called ‘The Faithful Gazelle’. All sorts of special writing was done in response to the story and the countryside around us. This poem, by Manesha, left everybody still when she read it out:

HOW TO MAKE A GAZELLE

First take soft, smooth fur as gentle as the light of mid dawn.
Add bones stiff as stone.
Then attach 4 metal hooves to make a ‘click, clock, clack’.
Sprinkle a spoonful of quietness and a pinch of wild.
Finally place 2 sharp, shiny, grey horns.

by Manesha Yasmin

Thanks to Manesha for her beautiful writing, and to everyone else who took part. You helped make it another journey to remember!