The Twilight Dragon

This is one of my favourite poems from Me and my Alien Friend.

It’s about a golden twilight, end of the day feeling…personified as a dragon!

I hope it has a subtle sense of happy loneliness…

It’s quite a favourite at my performances- I often play it late on in the performance after the bouncy all-join-in ones.

This version was recorded for The East Sussex Children’s book Award online celebration.


Cat poem! My Walk To School Friends

I’ve just added lots of videos I’ve been making over Lockdown to my youtube channel. I made this film of ‘My Walk To School Friends’ for my local library service, as part of the online East Sussex Children’s Book Awards Ceremony. The poem is from my book Me and My Alien Friend.


The Library Glow

I wrote the poem The Library Glow a while ago to celebrate my local library, which was recently closed down.

I also wanted to write about the melancholy loveliness of an ordinary, rainy, grey evening in Ore Village.

Poster available here!

Library Glow

…the audio recording is very influenced by my favourite band of the last few years, The Clientele!




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My Walk To School Friends

My Walk To School Friends is a poem from my book ‘Me and My Alien Friend’. 

Here’s a little performance I made of it in my studio at home:

…and here’s the spread of the poem in the book:

My Walk To School Friends

The poem has been going down really well on my visits to schools.

The chorus lends itself to call-and-response really well- we do this with increasingly silly voices as the poem proceeds! I also encourage the children to do lots of sounds and actions through the poem. It works really nicely for all ages at primary school.

I find it’s a good poem to use as a starting point for talking about how important personal and particular experience is as inspiration for writing: the whole poem is based on an experience my son and I had on the way to school every day.

The poem is the starting point for lots of activities in class. There’s lots of possibilities for writing back stories for the cats in the poem and developing writing based on the seemingly ordinary experiences children have every day.Once we transformed a class into the streets where the cats live with cardboard boxes, masking tape and drawing materials.  Children added the things they notice on the way to school. This is a nice playful creative 3D way to begin writing- a kind of big 3D whole class brainstorm!

It can also be a starting point for specifically writing about animal encounters. I often like to get children to write a letter to an imaginary friend about an animal encounter- this is a nice way of generating ideas, images and effective language before starting on a finished poem. I always use other poems with  ‘My Walk To School Friends’ as a starting point for animal encounter poems. In the poem  we meet the cats very briefly and it rhymes throughout. In contrast, I like to include a poem that doesn’t have a solid rhyme pattern and describes a relationship with one animal in more detail:


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Waggiest Tails Launch: Films!

It was the launch of ‘The Waggiest Tails’ last Saturday. It’s a lovely book of poems written by dogs. Poets Brian Moses and Roger Stevens gave the dogs a helping hand in writing the poems and I illustrated. The launch took place at Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare  and much fun was had by all- especially my dog Dixie as it was her birthday and she thought it was a big party for her.

I made some films of the performances. I adapted my song ‘What Would You Do if A Bear Was Chasing You’ for the occasion. I realised the names of dog breeds are often poetry in themselves…

Here’s Roger doing ‘Dancing Friends’ by Charlie The Chihuahua!

…and here’s Charlie doing his thing:

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Brian did Olive and Flo’s autobiographical poem ‘Security Dogs’, with a Cajon groove:

Olive and Flo  enjoyed the performance:

Security Dogs