September Update #Poetry

I was thinking about the range of writing I’ve done over the last ten years and felt a bit sad that I’ll probably never write another school musical like the series I worked on with Anne Pater from 1996 to 2012. Every couple of years, we’d perform them with a thousand kids over a week…

July Update

Such an odd feeling on Friday. Holding fast to my unwritten rule of not getting too caught up in the last day leavers’ celebrations at school, but then coming completely undone when one of the kids read a wonderful poem they’d written for me. This group will be the last I work with full-time and…

Woodland Project

My favourite project at school has been the Woodland Project. We’re very lucky where I work in Cumbria because the school grounds are populated by over one hundred trees consisting of seventeen different species. Within a two mile hike, we can also get to Beckmickle Ing which is a wood overseen by the Woodland Trust….

November catch up … #poetry

It’s the penultimate day of November, a month of upheaval at Northern Towers during which time walls have been knocked down, baby grand pianos have been sold and removed, windows have been replaced and walls have been remade. The Kendal Mountain Literature Festival came and went, a number of submissions amounted to nothing and the…

Caterpillar Poetry Prize 2018

Those lovely people at The Caterpillar Magazine announced the winner of this year’s Caterpillar Poetry Prize. Coral Rumble (great name) came first with a marvellous children’s poem called Mustafa’s Jumper, which you will be able to read in the summer issue of that excellent magazine (if you would like a sneaky peak, nip over to the…