I first saw John Foster perform some 20 years ago at the school where I was teaching. I'm ashamed to say that at the time I had no idea who he was- but I have never forgotten him or the energy and enthusiasm with which he performed!
Since then, I have often used his poems with children and his collection, 'Twinkle, Twinkle, Chocolate Bar', was one of my son's favourite books! Seeing the pleasure and enthusiasm children have for his poetry is always a delight. So, when I found out he was going to be at The Story Museum, I just had to go and listen to him performing poems.
And what a wonderful session it was! John read and performed his own poems and those of others, with his audience joining in with actions and words. He shared poems about cats, dogs, bears, monkeys, foxes and chickens!
The children in the audience responded so well to his enthusiasm and the humour of his poems. We were all sad when it was time to finish!
John has a new collection of poems which is coming out in October. Entitled 'Christmas Crackers', it is a self-published collection in aid of Parkinson's UK. He is delighted that many wonderful illustrators have agreed to work with him on this collection- Korky Paul, Chris Mould, Jane Eccles, Gerald Scarfe, Melanie Williamson... It sounds like a wonderful project- and a book which will become part of my collection!