Epigram How-To

This week’s Poetry Friday post is about another short-form poem to build your writing muscles on – the epigram. I’m linking direct to the new page I’ve created, under the Whisker of Poetry tab, so that it’s easy for people to click back and find at a later date. To read about the wise and […]

Storybird Snippets

It’s been a while since I stretched my wings on Storybird, but over the weekend I hatched a couple of poems, and as always had fun with the format – so thought I’d share two with you. I saw carrots in this art by Bitskoff, and thought of my son, who would easily eats 1kg of […]

My Niece Announces The Best Cat

*STOP THE PRESS* I just received the most adorable email from my sister – so this week’s scheduled Poetry Friday post has been delayed, until next week. (And I was rather chuffed with it, so please do check back next week.🙂 ) During my Month of Poetry this year, I wrote a (different) poetry  collection […]

One Minute Till Bedtime – Coming Soon

There’s a new book coming, 1st November, that’s starting to make a lot of noise around the interwebs. It’s a hardcover poetry collection edited by former US poet laureate Kenn Nesbitt, illustrated by Christoph Niemann, and published by Little, Brown. With over 140 new poems from more than 130 poets around the world, I’m thrilled to […]

Homograph Tetractys

Last week I created a tetractys page, with how-to and examples. Such a versatile little poetry form. I particularly like the double tetractys, and included a couple of my own variants, including the homonym, and homphone tetractys – but discovered I didn’t have a homograph tetractys. But I do now. You will perhaps recognise numerous clichés, […]

A Lune and a How-To Link

Earlier in the year I saw a tweet by Jocelyn Blumgart (@jocpyp) introducing me to the poetry form lunes, as shared by one of our Poetry Friday crew, Alan Wright, during a workshop he was presenting in Adelaide. For Poetry Friday today, I share my first attempt at a lune, inspired by our indolent SavvyCat, snapped in […]

Egret Blossoms, Evening Chorus

I wrote this first haiku five years ago, but I find myself appreciating it anew this week – perhaps because school holidays means I have time to notice the egret tree blossoming? And another evening oldie, this from 2012, in which I’m pleased to note, there is an element we’ve outgrown – and it’s not […]

Verse Novel News & Views

Last week was a happy week for me.  I signed a contract on a new verse novel for younger readers. *excitement*  I discovered a ‘Bully on the Bus’ classroom door. Online. But an actual door, to an actual classroom in Victoria.

Reasons to Love Poetry

There are so many reasons to love poetry. Here are a couple of mine. I’m very interested to know yours. Don’t forget the Poetry Friday link-up, which will be collected and collated at A Penny and Her Jots – where Penny has been very playful with her words, mustering up a poem about word-wrangling. Yee-haw!

Book Week 2016

It’s Book Week in Australia; book character costumes, author visits, library visits and celebrations of all things bookish. Day One was the costume parade. I dressed up as Tiddalick the frog – and was thrilled to see Brette from my chapter book, ‘Fencing with Fear’ also put in a surprise appearance.