Weekly updates

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Here are this week’s updates.



‘A meeting with Max Fatchen’ by Janeen Brian

Link at: https://australianchildrenspoetry.com.au/articles/a-meeting-with-max-fatchen/

To view a list of all articles, click on the Articles heading.



Susan Stephenson who runs the blog site The Book Chook provides a link to her article ‘Ten Top tips to engage kids with poetry’.

Click on News or the link here for the direct link to her article: https://australianchildrenspoetry.com.au/poetry-news/1359-2/


Poets A-Z

A new bio has been added to our growing list of talented Australian poets.

Katherine Gallagher

Link at: https://australianchildrenspoetry.com.au/australianpoets/f-j-2/katherine-gallagher/

All listed poets can be viewed here or via the drop down menu (Poets A-Z).


That’s it for this week.


Di  Bates

Australian Children’s Poetry & the World Wide Web


©Kate O’Neil

The launch of the Australian Children’s Poetry website is an important event. It will be a rich resource for students, teachers and poets and a meeting place for everyone with an interest in any aspect of children’s poetry – readers, writers, teachers, parents, performers, academics, illustrators. In recent years children’s poetry has received renewed attention in many quarters – schools, media, academia, publishing – with a growing recognition of just how valuable it can be in a child’s development.

This new website will enable Australian children and their guiding influences to learn about contemporary Australian writers as well as the Australian tradition from which they have grown.

That tradition has, of course, a world-wide heritage as well, and a number of websites in both the UK and US are testimony to an exciting spirit of revival in this important literature.

Many of them include articles or features which have value for readers or writers everywhere and browsers who have enjoyed some time on the home pasture might be interested to explore further.

Children’s poetry sites UK.


This is run by Roger Stevens who has been publishing children’s poems online since 1998. The site also has interviews with a number of well-known children’s poets.


Website of The Poetry Book Society founded by T S Eliot and Friends in 1953. Use search facility for material related to children’s poetry. eg Poetry Books for …Tiny Terrors”


Type ‘children’s poetry’ into the search bar for some great articles on children’s poetry.


In 2011 Morag Styles became the first “Professor of Children’s Poetry (Cambridge). This is the wonderful essay she wrote to mark the occasion of her appointment.


National Centre for Primary Schools @ CLPE

This is a free poetry website for primary schools. It features well-known poets, children’s poems, Themes, Poetic devices, Resources, Courses and events.The resources include many well-known poets speaking about their craft.


Centre for Literacy in Primary Education – type ‘poetry’ into the search facility.

Included here is a list of winners of the CLPE Poetry Award since 2003


Blog of Poetry Advocates for Children & Young Adults ( PACYA )

This is a grassroots, not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting poetry for every age group founded by poet Steven Withrow in 2011.

Children’s Poetry Sites US


Run by Sylvia Vardell, a professor of children’s and young adult literature at Texas Woman’s University.


The National Council of Teachers of English gives awards to American books of children’s poetry based on criteria listed on the site. There is also a list of winners since 1977 and links to their individual websites and to related articles.



Terrific Poetry Organisation

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Thanks to poet Harry Laing (see this site’s A to Z database), I learnt this week of the existence in Sydney of The Red Room Company. It is a not-for-profit organisation that creates unusual and useful poetry projects which transform expectations of, and experiences with, poetry. Its website says it aspires to make poetry accessible to all, especially those who face the greatest barriers to creative opportunities.

Its public arts projects focus on developing imaginative contexts in which poetry can be creatively and critically explored. It supports the work of young and emerging writers and is the pre-eminent commissioner of contemporary Australian poetry.

Through Red Room Poetry Education the company inspires students and teachers to create, perform and publish poetry. Bringing contemporary poets into classrooms to run workshops, it uses language to engage students, and to enhance creativity, personal growth, and communication.

The Red Room Company emerged from the Red Room Radio show on 89.7fm Eastside Radio, which was produced and presented by Johanna Featherstone, from 2001. The show broadcast original poetry, writing, reviews and interviews with Australian writers, its focus was on bringing new poetry and writing to a wide audience that included poets, poetry lovers and listeners who were unfamiliar with poetry.

In 2002, the Red Room Epic project was created, commissioning 30 writers under 35 years of age to write poetry for national community radio broadcast and online. Poets were interviewed and an audio epic poem was crafted. This project won the prestigious ‘Best New Innovative Radio Program’ at the 2002 National Community Radio awards run by the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia.

By the end of 2002, the Red Room Radio show and the Red Room Epic Project had developed a network of poets and poetry supporters Australia-wide. In order to continue creating original poetry-inspired projects Johanna Featherstone established The Red Room Company and has served since then as its Artistic Director.

For more information, check out the company’s website http://redroomcompany.org/