Australian Stories Threatened

It seems like it wasn’t that long ago, we were fighting to protect Australian stories, and our vibrant Australian publishing industry… and yet here we are again! The Australian Government is again looking to remove Parallal Import Restrictions on books, ripping the heart out of the Australian publishing industry.

Eat the Words – Poetry Postcard Project

Thanks to the Poetry Friday community, I heard about, and signed up for, the 2016 Poetry Postcard Project, conducted each year at Silver Star School, Vancouver and co-ordinated by MsMac. Students wrote and illustrated postcards, which were then sent out to all who nominated to receive one. (I know a number have winged their way […]

Bossy Words

This year I’ve been back on class. And the planning, marking and soon-to-come reporting, has been a concern. I can’t seem to write creatively, with such big thinks hanging over my head. On Monday, I finished the official planning documentation. I then threw myself into some pressing writing business, and then… I should just let […]

Poetry with Kids

Poetry Friday has come around very quickly this week… I’m going to be brave, go out on a limb and throw a question (or two or few) out … to YOU! If you are a teacher or parent, what do you love best about sharing poetry with kids? What sort of things take you out of your comfort zone? If […]

Recycled Poetry

Last week Jone inspired my mathematical play with Fib poetry… and this week she inspired me to try Recycled Poetry. Well – that’s what I’m terming it, because it ties in brilliantly with a unit of work I am doing with a Yr3 class, needing to plan and create projects made from recycled materials.

Pocket Poetry – Poem in your Pocket Day

In the middle of Poetry Month, America celebrates Poem in Your Pocket Day. ‘People celebrate by selecting a poem, carrying it with them, and sharing it with others throughout the day at schools, bookstores, libraries, parks, workplaces, and on social media using the hashtag #pocketpoem.’ (https://www.poets.org) We don’t have a Poem in Your Pocket Day […]

Poetry Month From the Sidelines

I have been loving standing at the peripheries of America’s Poetry Month. I’m glad I didn’t commit to any goals/challenges, because I’ve been able to focus on my own writing (that troublesome verse novel) whilst being inspired and invigorated by all the chatter and love for poetry!

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