The inaugural annual lecture at the long-running international conference series, Great Writing, held at Imperial College, London in June 2011, this published text gives the main argument, illustrated by poetry readings, of an address that combines elements of lecture, performance and live workshop. Illustrated by poems from the children's collections and Manifold Manor and Off Road To Everywhere, as well as from the adult collection Changes of Address, it charts his own progress into the role of children's poet, while interrogating the validity of that definition, offering provocative questions about the scope of the children's poetry market, and proposing poetry as a site for a dynamic relationship between the child and the adult, as writers and readers. If that means giving up the term 'children's poetry'... why not?
|Pages (from-to)||123 - 134|
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||New writing: the international journal for the practice and theory of creative writing|
|Publication status||E-pub ahead of print - 28 Feb 2012|
- children's poetry
- all-age workshops
- education in children's poetry