Liz Brownlee

The Poets at FCBG 2019!

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It’s been a week since the Federation Conference and one special event, which makes me smile every time I remember it, was the poets’ session on Friday night.

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If anyone ever needed a reminder that poetry can be fun, moving, lyrical and magical, then this was it. Roger Stevens, Liz Brownlee, Laura Mucha, Ed Boxall, Brian Moses, Zaro Weil and John Dougherty combined their considerable talents and entertained us royally.

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Each performed a selection of their poems, covering a variety of styles. The whole audience was completely captivated and enjoyed every moment!

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As a finale, the group performed together, combining music with their poetry to become a poetry supergroup! There was so much joy and laughter in the room- proving poetry is really good for you!

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Roger and Liz were winners of our 2018 Poetry Category (with Sue Hardy-Dawson) with ‘Apes to Zebras’ (read our review here) and Zaro was shortlisted with ‘Firecrackers’ (review here). Liz was also a winner in 2017 with ‘Reaching the Stars’ (review here). We have lots of reviews of poetry books on the website - there really is something for everyone!

NSTBA Past Winners- Poetry Category

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Here at NSTBA HQ, we love poetry and value sharing it in our classrooms. Hugely versatile, poetry is so appealing and can be performed as well as created, discussed and enjoyed. There are so many styles of poems from so many cultures and eras and yet, this is the category we have to search the hardest for!

Here is a reminder of the winners from the past four years…

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Our first winner was ‘Buzzing’, a wonderful collection of poems about insects by Anneliesse Emmans Dean. Full of energy and enthusiasm, Anneliesse was as lovely as her poetry which is illustrated with her stunning photography. This book has been an excellent as a guided reading text. You can read our review here.

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In 2016, ‘Flo of the Somme’ was our choice. Beautifully illustrated with Martin’s wonderful watercolours, Hilary tells the story of Flo, one of the many animals used in war, in rhyming text. It is a beautiful book in so many ways and is perfect for sharing. Martin was able to attend the awards and it was a delight to meet him. You can read our review here.

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Three poets won our 2017 award with this marvellous collection of poems celebrating women. The range of women written about from diverse backgrounds and historic periods and the use of different styles makes this a real treasure trove. Liz Brownlee and her wonderful dog, Lola, were able to join us for the awards.

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A wonderful collection to use with children, you can read our review here.

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In 2018, Liz was back, accompanied by fellow poets Sue Hardy-Dawson and Roger Stevens with their wonderful collection of shape poems which won the award. They are a wonderfully friendly crowd and we were delighted that they were all able to attend- with Lola!

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You can read our review here.

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Each of these books has been widely used in our schools and each has ideas for a book event and /or teaching notes to go with them which are available to our members. It is a pleasure to see them being used in classes and enjoyed by so many children!

We will revisit the Read Aloud Category next!

2018 Poetry Shortlist

So here it is...

the NSTBA 2018 Poetry shortlist.

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Apes to Zebras: An A-Z of Shape Poems

Liz Brownlee, Sue Hardy-Dawson and Roger Stevens

Bloomsbury    ISBN: 978-1472929525

You can read the long list review here.

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Firecrackers  Zaro Weil, illustrated by Jo Riddell

ZaZaKids in association with Troika      ISBN: 978-1909991781

You can read the long list review here.

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The Same Inside: Poems about Empathy and Friendship

Liz Brownlee, Matt Goodfellow and Roger Stevens

Macmillan     ISBN: 978-1509854509

You can read the long list review here.

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Chicken on the Roof    Matt Goodfellow

Otter-Barry Books    ISBN: 978-1910959909

You can read the long list review here.

Congratulations to all! The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on the 10th November.