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Visiting poet – Lorraine Marwood

Lorraine Marwood
Lorraine Marwood

Today we welcome Lorraine Marwood to the blog — Lorraine writes verse novels and poetry and you would have read several of her poems in Alphabet Soup!

note on the door (cover)

Stary Jumps (cover)

When did you first start writing poetry?

I began as a teenager, so probably 15 years old, but before that I was writing down ideas and little stories for many years.

What sort of poetry do you like writing best of all?

Poetry that doesn’t rhyme but shows in different ways a moment in time or an emotion, and still has all the strong features of poetry, like rhythm, strongest words, images, sensory details, emotion.

What sort of poetry do you like reading?

Contemporary poetry written by Australians; poems in The School Magazine, NSW; anthologies like 100 Australian poets, so I read many poets in the one book. Also poetry by young writers and I enjoy reading the results of the Dorothea Mackellar poetry competition.

Where can we read your poetry?

I have had six collections of poems published — the most recent one is Guinea Pig town and other animal poems with Walker Books Australia. I’ve had lots of poems published in magazines, here in Australia, UK, USA and Canada. And I always love to be published in The School Magazine and of course Alphabet Soup — well, I wish that was still going.

guinea pig town

Here’s one of the poems from Guinea Pig town and other animal poems:

A peek inside Guinea Pig Town and other animal poems

[click on the image to enlarge it]

How often do you write?

I’d like to say everyday — well I do write but some days its emails, administration or reworking a piece, then other days it’s intense writing, but always I’m thinking about my poems, an idea, a story, what happens next …

Do you prefer to write with a pen and paper or straight onto the computer?

That’s a good question. I like to write poetry with a pen in one of my current notebooks. I often write when traveling or out for the day. I can jot down ideas I see or an idea that strikes. Poetry to me needs this special touch, but for stories I type right onto my laptop.

What’s your number one tip for budding poets?

Keep a notebook you can take with you.  Jot down anything that catches your eye. Train yourself to be observant, because the strongest writing uses those details that others skim over.

Lorraine’s Poetry Prescription

IF YOU’RE HAVING A RUSHING, BUSTLING DAY — read the following poem:

‘Wilderness’ by Carl Sandburg.

To find out more about Lorraine Marwood and her books and poetry, check out her website and read an earlier post featuring Lorraine.

Interview with Lorraine Marwood © 2013 Lorraine Marwood and Rebecca Newman https://soupblog.wordpress.com

 

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Visiting poet – Duncan Ball

duncan ball

As you can probably guess from the photo above, today we have Duncan Ball visiting. You might have read books from his Selby series or the Emily Eyefinger series — did you know Duncan also has a book of poetry published? It’s called My Sister Has a Big Black Beard. Read on!

When did you first start writing poetry?

When I was twelve.

What sort of poetry do you like writing best of all?

I like writing funny poetry that rhymes, for kids.

What sort of poetry do you like reading best of all?

I like lots of different kinds of poetry for both young people and adults.

Where can we read your poetry?

My good friend and fellow poet Selby (the Talking Dog) writes poetry and I help him with it. But I’ve also written a collection of my funny poems called, My Sister Has a Big Black Beard.

My sister has a big black beard

Here are some videos featuring poems from My Sister has a Big Black Beard:

How often do you write?

Almost every day.

Do you prefer to write with a pen and paper or straight onto the computer?

Straight onto a computer although I do keep a notepad on my desk and scribble things down.

What’s your number one tip for budding poets?

Do it and enjoy it!

Duncan’s Poetry Prescription

ARE YOU HAVING A BORING DAY? When I have a boring day I like to read funny poems such as Allan Ahlberg’s ‘The Girl Who Doubled’ from his poetry book The Mighty Slide.

Duncan's books

Find out more about Duncan Ball, his books and poetry — visit his website and his blog. He’s visited before, so be sure to check out this earlier post about Duncan, too.

Interview with Duncan Ball © 2013 Duncan Ball and Rebecca Newman https://soupblog.wordpress.com
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The Reading Hour 2013

The Reading Hour is officially 5 to 6pm on 24 August 2013.

Alphabet Soup’s poetry festival continues until the end of August, so we thought we’d pick some poetry books to read together during The Reading Hour. Here are the books we will be reading together tonight:

the man from snowy river illustrated by freya blackwood

 

Big Book of Verse for Aussie Kids

 

Have you chosen the books you’ll be reading tonight? Will you read any poetry during Reading Hour? (Say yes! Say yes!)

~ Rebecca, Editor

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Visiting poet – Steven Herrick

Steven HerrickDo-wrong Ron
Happy Friday!
To make your Friday even happier, today we have Steven Herrick stopping by to talk about writing poetry and verse-novels for children. (He writes for young adults and adults, too.) If you visit his website, you’ll see that he loves soccer and in summer he plays on a soccer team called ‘The Marshmallows’ …  It doesn’t look too summery in the photo he sent us above!
Here he is — performing his poem ‘Lost in the Mist’  (from his book Untangling Spaghetti).
When did you first start writing poetry? 
I wrote my first poem when I was 18. It was called ‘Love is like a gobstopper’. I sent it to magazine and they published it and sent me $5!!!
What sort of poetry do you like writing best of all? 
I like writing narrative poems for children and verse-novels for YA and children.
What sort of poetry do you like reading? 
All types of poetry.
Where can we find your poetry?
In the following poetry books for children:

… and seven verse novels for young adults.

Do you prefer to write with a pen and paper or straight onto the computer? 
I used to write with pen and paper, but now it’s nearly always with a computer.
Your number one tip for budding poets? 
Read lots of poetry. Find what you like and try to understand why you enjoy it.
Steven’s Poetry Prescription

IF YOU’RE HAVING A FOOD DAY — lots of my poems are about food and family (see my book Untangling Spaghetti).

Pookie Aleera is not my boyfriendUntangling Spaghetti
Interview with Steven Herrick © 2013 Steven Herrick & Rebecca Newman https://soupblog.wordpress.com
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Time for a poem: Seal Lullaby

Seal Lullaby by Rudyard Kipling

Oh! hush thee, my baby, the night is behind us
And black are the waters that sparkled so green.
The moon, o’er the combers, looks downward to find us
At rest in the hollows that rustle between.


Where billow meets billow, there soft be thy pillow.
Oh, weary wee flipperling, curl at thy ease!
The storm shall not wake thee, nor shark overtake thee
Asleep in the arms of the slow-swinging seas.

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We’re sharing this poem as part of the Soup Blog Poetry Festival — until the end of August we’ll be posting poems, interviews with children’s poets, tips for reading and writing poetry, and Poetry Prescriptions (poetry is good for the soul!).

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Summer 2011 writing comp winners – Under 12s

For our summer writing competition, we asked you to write a poem and include the word ‘dragon.’ Here is the winner in the last age category—the Under 12s.

A reminder: always check the rules of the competition. If you don’t stick to the rules, we have to disqualify your entry and that makes us sad!

Under 12s winner: F Apel (QLD)

MY DRAGONS

My little dragon is not a fright
Because she never plays in sight;
Talks all night and sleeps by day;
In my mind she likes to play.
My other dragon is big and mean,
Slimy, smelly, scaly green.
Breathes out smoke that makes me choke;
He’s a scary dream.

 

See the Under 9s winner.

See the Under 7s winner.

 

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Summer 2011 writing comp winners – Under 9s

For our summer writing competition, we asked you to write a poem and include the word ‘dragon.’ Here is the winner in the Under 9s section.

A reminder: always check the rules of the competition. If you don’t stick to the rules, we have to disqualify your entry and that makes us sad!

Under 9s winner: L Massey (VIC)

DRAGON

My brother wants a dragon, a green one for he
Why do you want a green dragon?
To hide among the leaves

My friend wants an orange dragon, an orange one will do
Why do you want an orange dragon?
To see the fire it can spew

I want a rainbow dragon, a rainbow one for me
Why do I want a rainbow dragon?
Cos it’s the best you see!