Kent University

The writing year started happily with a visit to my old university, Kent, to chat with young writers. It was fun to be on the platform looking upwards at the students, instead of downwards at the professor as I did when I was a student there.  I was lucky to meet...

The Bull Elephant Seal & Wild Thing – for Haute Vallee

I wrote a collection of animal love songs just for fun. Here is one for the Year 7s, great singers in the theatre, and another for the Year 8 writers.  The Bull Elephant Seal Google the glorious elephant seal And make a note of how you feel. At first,...

The Chimney Sweep for St Clement’s school

At school, there’s a picture on the wall Of a boy in rags and a cap, quite small. They say he’s the parish chimney sweep. For every night, while children sleep And ships sail past on moonlight seas And mice eat crumbs from island teas, He leaves his frame,...

Roast Parrot For Grouville school, on the edge of the sea.

Before he married mum Before he thought of me, My father was a pirate Who terrorised the sea. He says he was a sailor, But we all know he’s lying. There’s a pirate ship inked on his arm With skull and crossbones flying. Sometimes he cooks roast beef, With...