I will be launching my new book of poems for children on Saturday 24th February at the Between The Lines Festival in Sheffield. I will also be doing 2 performances and workshops for families, so if you are in the Sheffield area, please come along.
The new book is titled “What Are You Like?” after the poem below. To order a copy send a message on the form on the books page.
What Are You Like?
I’m like hey
She’s like whoa
He’s like ah
I’m like ho
She’s like ha
He’s like er
I’m like really?
She’s like yeah
He’s like eek
I’m like shh
She’s like um
He’s like ugh
I’m like Mmm
She’s like eh?
He’s like oh
I’m like yay
I am pleased to be returning to Summerville Primary School on Friday 2nd March in connection with World Book Day. This will be my 3rd visit to the school in less than a year as part of the Patron of Reading scheme.
On this visit as usual I will be reading some of my poems, but there will be an emphasis on the importance and pleasure of reading and how being a reader can lead you to also becoming a writer. I’ll be reading from my new book which will be published on 23rd February.
The idea of Patron of Reading is to build up a relationship with the school rather than just a one-off visit.
“A Patron of Reading is a school’s special children’s author, poet, storyteller or illustrator. The school and their patron develop a relationship over a period of time. Everything the patron does is related to helping encourage and develop a reading for pleasure culture in the school.” Read more about the scheme on the Patron of Reading website.
IT’S WORLD BOOK DAY ON THURSDAY 1ST MARCH
I am booked for the day itself and just have 1 day left free that week, if any school wants a visit to help kick off activities. Please contact me soon to avoid disappointment.
There is a resource pack for primary schools available on the World Book Day website here:
http://www.worldbookday.com/resources/primary/ and other ideas here: http://www.worldbookday.com/ideas/
A big part of the World Book Day celebrations is dressing up as a favourite book character, teachers and students alike. Unfortunately that often leads to some pressure on parents to be creative. Here are 73 easy World Book Day costume ideas from mumsnet https://www.mumsnet.com/books/world-book-day-costume-ideas
Can you identify all of the characters of the teachers from Oldfield Primary School in Chester in 2012?
I am pleased to be one of the writers at the very first Between the Lines Festival in Sheffield on Saturday 24th February. It is Sheffield’s Literature and Arts Festival for Children.
I will be performing and running workshops for children with adults during the day at The HUBS, 6 Paternoster Row, Sheffield, S1 2QQ. My sessions are at 11am and at 1pm.
I will also be launching my new book, “What Are You Like?”, with signed copies available to buy.
For details of all the activities see: http://www.betweenthelinesfestival.com
Free tickets can be booked using the links below.
Book 11am session here:
Book 1pm session here:
Just a quick reminder that World Book Day is 1 March 2018. That week is always popular and I have already been booked for the day itself. So if you want me to come to your school sometime that week to do poetry workshops associated with World Book Day, don’t leave it too late to book.
Update 7 Jan 2018: I am booked for World Book Day itself but still have some days available that week, book me soon though.
A warm welcome from Moorside Primary School, Swinton
I know World Book Day is just one day, but it turns into a whole week of celebrations in many schools, and for me. That’s a great thing. I was in a different school each day of the week and met so many wonderful students and staff, and many dressed as characters from books.
One thing I am finding more frequently now when I visit a school is that the day’s events are captured in images and video and tweeted before I even get home. Here are some examples.
Many thanks for such great week to all of the staff and students at Hunslet Carr Primary School (Leeds), St Joseph’s RC Primary (Bolton), Christ Church CofE Primary School (Oldham), St Wildrid’s Primary School (Sheffield) and Moorside Primary School (Swinton).
“Thank you so much for such a wonderful day. The children, staff and parents really enjoyed it and I was impressed with the poetry the children created in such a short amount of time.” Vicky Sherrington, St Joseph’s RC Primary School, Bolton
“We loved every minute, thanks so much – we’re all officially inspired.” Rachel Robinson, Moorside Primary School, Swinton.
I’m fully booked for the week of World Book Day, but do have availability after that if anyone wants a poet to liven up a school day.
For those of you looking for some activity ideas for World Book Day, I came across this poster on Twitter of 20 Bright Ideas.
This is part of the resource pack for primary schools available on the World Book Day website here: http://www.worldbookday.com/resources/primary/
I hope you all have a great World Book Day and ‘do something booky’!
Image Credit: the first photo in this post is shared by Creative Commons CC-BY-SA licence on flickr by Hans Splinter at https://flic.kr/p/2qqrc
2017 is the 20th year of World Book Day. It’s a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.
I’ve had some great visits to schools over the years in the week of World Book Day. Last year I visited seven schools just before and during World Book Day Week, mostly in Manchester where I am based. I blogged about it here.
It is always fun to see how teachers and students dress up as characters from their favourite stories. Such as the teachers from Albrough Primary School in 2015 (read more) and Oldfield Primary School, gosh was that one really 2012? (Read more).
Aldbrough Primary School
Oldfield Primary School
There is still time to book me for sometime around World Book Day. For an idea of how a day of poetry workshops can work in a school see here. If you are interested, please contact me to check availability and cost.
What ever you do, I hope it is something booky!
It’s a busy time for a poet this time of year, and for schools, what with dressing up and doing lots of reading and great creative writing.
The poem in the photo (inspired by my I Like What I Like – see video below) was written with Nursery Children at Audenshaw Primary School, Manchester as a class effort. We performed it at the end of the day to the rest of the school. I was there to celebrate World Book Day 2016 and worked with every age group. A wide variety of excellent poems were written and performed. I had a great time, so thanks to all the staff and pupils for working so hard and for making me very welcome.
In all I visited seven schools just before and during World Book Day Week. Thank you to Abingdon Primary School (Stockport), Gorton Mount Primary Academy (Manchester) who have a fantastic steel band who played for me, Old Hall Drive Primary Academy (Manchester), Alexandra Park Primary (Stockport), Broadfield Primary (Oldham), and (last but not least) Silverdale Primary Academy (Newcastle-under-Lyme).
Thanks also to Authors Aloud who organised a couple of the bookings.
I like playing in the park
I like tig and hide and seek
I like swimming and paddling
I like what I like I do
I like ice cream and Mexico
I like Sealife and Lego
Let’s say hello to our Leo
We like what we like we do
I like flowers and rainbows
I like hopscotch and videos
I like porridge it fills me up
I like what I like I do
Aldbrough Primary School
These colourful characters are the staff at Aldbrough Primary School (East Yorkshire). I was there to help them celebrate World Book Day. It was a lot of fun. The children were all dressed up too and I enjoyed performing for them and helping them write their own poems. A selection of their superb work was shared at the end of the day. It was well worth the early start and the long drive.
“We were very happy to have secured a booking with Bernard for World Book Day 2015. The children (and staff) enjoyed Bernard’s poems, especially the ones they could join in with. They were all clearly inspired by Bernard’s poetry and produced some excellent poems of their own which they shared with the whole school in lots of different ways at the end of the day.” K. Jessop, Assistant Headteacher, Aldbrough Primary School.
I was in schools the whole week. I spent two days in Acacias Community Primary (Burnage, Manchester) performing and leading workshops. I also led two after school sessions there, where children and their parents wrote poems together. I spent a day in Whitegate End Primary (Chadderton) and finished off the week with a visit to St Brigid’s RC Primary (Manchester).
So I’d like to say a big thank you to all the schools who booked me and made me so welcome and a big sorry that I had no other dates available that week for the many schools who wanted to book me. But, as I’ve said before, a poet is not just for World Book Day Week. I’d be more than happy to visit your school any time. If you’d like to know more please do get in touch.