Steven Camden

Everything All At Once

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Steven Camden has been one of my favourite poets since I heard him speak at a Federation of Children’s Book Groups Conference a few years ago. He was speaking about his books, ‘Tape’ and ‘It’s About Love’ and his ‘speech’ took the form of a compelling poem which he performed with a passion and energy I have not forgotten. I have been to see him at literary festivals since- and each time am inspired by his love of language and the ease with which he uses words.

‘Everything All At Once’ is a fabulous collection of poems which capture the insecurity and vulnerability of the teenage experience. Some of his poems are beautifully poignant - ‘Those Who Can’t’, ‘Cracks’, ‘Nothing Else’- some very insightful, capturing the essence of emotional experience- the pain of betrayal, the ache of loneliness, an avalanche of emotions. He observes and captures each moment with an ease that is stunning.

Simply brilliant, Steven Camden is a true wordsmith and this is an essential collection.

Everything All At Once Steven Camden

Macmillan ISBN: 978-1509880034

Hay Festival: Steven Camden

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Author of 'Tape' and 'It's About Love', Steven Camden is a real joy to listen to. His warmth and enthusiasm are infectious and so I was delighted to attend another of his events.

Steven explained that he thinks of writing as treasure; it's written and then left for anyone else to discover. And his new book, 'Nobody Real' is a real gem of a story. Listening to him read from it was completely absorbing...

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In the story, Thor is the imaginary friend of a girl called Marcie. A boy with bear arms, he was sent away by her and is now facing the fade. But years on, Marcie once again turns to him as she faces difficult decisions. It is a beautifully crafted story, brilliantly original and compelling- I could not put it down.

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Sreven had us working with a partner in the audience to create our own imaginary friend and their creator, filling in the story around them. His zest, energy and humour inspired everyone to create amazing characters and have great fun. Ffion and I created Sophie, a penguin who lived in an igloo style play house in the garden, who became her dance partner when she needed one. 

Steven shared more of 'Nobody Real', having invited a member of the audience to read with him, before the session ended.  Magical!

Nobody Real     Steven Camden

Harper Collins     ISBN: 978-0008168384