Last year we held our first ever Poetry Festival, right here on the website. Hold onto your hats — it’s back! From 25 October when you visit our website you’ll find interviews, book reviews, tips and hints, interesting links, giveaways and of course … poems! (October is also our birthday month — what a fabulous month to celebrate poetry.)
And here’s a cheery poster to make it look official:
Today’s challenge is to write a 5-line poem using your five senses — sight, hearing, taste, smell, touch. You might like to write a poem describing apples, a season, or your favourite colour (or your least favourite colour!).
Who writes poetry these days? Aren’t poets just dead guys from the nineteenth century?
There are talented local poets, young and old, reading, writing and publishing their poetry right now – and you can meet them! Get stuck into writing your own poetry with Western Australian poets Caroline Caddy, Scott-Patrick Mitchell, J.P Quinton and A.J. Betts.
Age: Suitable for writers 12 years and upwith a genuine interest in writing and an aptitude for creativity. Where: Fremantle Children’s Literature Centre When: Monday 26 July 2010. Morning workshop: 10:00-11:30am or Afternoon workshop: 12:30-2:00pm
Book now – places are limited!
Poetry collection available for purchase at the workshop ($24.95 each) – get it signed by a poet! Teachers must accompany students, and can count the session as professional development for WACOT.
As we mentioned earlier, April is National Poetry Month in the US, and we’ve borrowed the idea because we rather like poetry. Later in the week we hope to have a real live poet visiting the blog, so be sure to check back!
In the meantime, here is a fantastic book by Paul B. Janeczko (illustrated by Chris Raschka).
This book is a collection of poems with a brief explanation about the rules for each form included. 29 forms are covered – some of them are ones you might already recognise, like Haiku, Tanka, Cinquain, Villanelle and List Poem. Perhaps you can find a copy of A Kick in the Head at your library. Be inspired to write your own poem, and then you can carry it around with you on Thursday for Poem In Your Pocket Day! (Or leave a short poem in our comments, and we’ll pretend it’s an online pocket!)
Here’s a couplet I wrote after reading A Kick in the Head:
I wish that it were chocolate cake –
but CAULIFLOWER is in to bake.*
*Actually, I love cauliflower cheese. It’s just that sometimes I’d rather have cake …
This book was selected for review from the Editor’s own collection.
Are you aged 12 or younger? Do you like to write stories, poems, plays, book reviews, or letters? Then we need you to pick up a pen and get writing!
We love reading kids’ writing and we are currently considering material for the ‘Write On!’ section of Alphabet Soup‘sMay issue. If you’d like to see your work published in the magazine, you can visit the Alphabet Soup website www.alphabetsoup.net.au (click on the ‘writers wanted’ tab) and read the guidelines there.
As well as seeing your work in print, all children who have work published in an issue of the magazine receive an entry into a prize draw for that issue.
And we’ll be announcing our second writing competition in Issue 2 (due out in February 2009) so stay tuned!