For Readers, Poetry

The FunEverse goes Live!!!!

Today’s the day we launch The FunEverse! It’s a poetry blog for schools and I’m just  so excited to be involved.  It’s brilliant working with such talented people – and that’s just the school children. The poets, quite frankly,  are all a  bit bonkers but what can you do?

Over the next couple of weeks I’m going to be introducing you to some of them but for now, please pop over to the FunEverse – you won’t be able to comment there but please come back here and tell me what you think.


They make me smile,  they make me write,

They make my gloom bats all take flight.

Life and work were so much worse

Before I joined the FunEverse

Happy FunEverse Day!


Poetry, Writing Advice

Writer’s Tricks: Listen to the FunEverse

Thank you so much for  your marvellous  advice last week  on  Getting Started.  I took it. Most of it. And it had an unexpected outcome.

First I had an idea. A little tiny bite size idea for a very silly poem. Chuckling, I wrote it down .  It didn’t hurt at all but I still wasn’t ready to plunge in with a new book so….

I searched my loft for a missing pair of china dogs – as you do – and accidentally found this:

A load of old nonsense from Edward Lear

More silly poems? What a very strange coincidence.

And then….

Radio 4 aired a Bicentenary Celebration of the Birth of Edward Lear. Well goodness, really, what a remarkable coincidence.

And then…..

I got an email from Maureen Lynas.  Could I get to work on my author page  for the brand new funEverse blog?  (funEverse is a group of SCBWI children’s poets who critique each other’s work in private and are very soon about to go PUBLIC – aaaargh)

Could I? Could I ? I HAD to – clearly the world of silly poems was conspiring to get me back to work.   Oh! What fun –  unbridled mucking about with words. And the funny thing is, that’s what made me want to write in the first place. Mucking about with words.

I can not wait to introduce you to the happy band of lunatics that inhabit the FunEverse – watch this space next Friday!

After three years of writing a book

At another I just couldn’t look

I’d had quite enough

Of high hopes and stuff

Not one look at a book could I took.

That’s silly, it doesn’t even make any sense!

I know! Isn’t it fun 🙂 Next time you’re struggling for words, take a bite size nibble at some verse.

Why not give it a go now?