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Festival hosts children’s poetry events





Are you thinking of becoming a children’s poet? Are you already a children’s poet looking for a way forward in your journey? What can poetry do for children? Join poets Sally Murphy, Dr June Perkins and JR Poulter, in-conversation with Dr Virginia Lowe, for this fascinating discussion. Bookings essential.

When: Saturday, August 26, 2017, 1 – 2pm

Venue: Brisbane Square Library, 266 George Street, Brisbane City

Parent event: Queensland Poetry Festival

Age range: Preschool kids, Kids, Young adults, Adults (30+), Seniors

Bookings required. Phone Brisbane Square Library on 07 3403 4166 to reserve your place.






When: Saturday, August 26, 2017, 2 – 2:30pm

Bring your children to this poetry reading for the young (and young at heart), featuring children’s poets Sally Murphy, Dr June Perkins and JR Poulter. Bookings essential.

Venue: Brisbane Square Library, 266 George Street, Brisbane City

Bookings required. Phone Brisbane Square Library on 07 3403 4166 to reserve your place.

Cost: Free

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Poet Glora Gonsalves has founded World Children’s Poetry Day (WoChiPoDa), an initiative aimed at instilling the love of poetry in young people, and is calling on people around the world to join in and celebrate the day by hosting local events. For more information about becoming involved in the initiative visit

Poetry pointers

Where do you get ideas? How do you write a poem? Do poems have to rhyme? What makes it a poem if it doesn’t rhyme? Who publishes poetry? How do I become a children’s poet? What is your top tip for writers who want to write poetry for children?

These are among the myriad questions asked by writers who want to write poetry. How would you answer them? If you have a poetry pointer to share, email me at

Articles, events, information and interviews

ACP is also happy to accept information about children’s poetry activities and events in Australia and overseas, poetry links, competitions, interviews with poets or publishers, poetry book reviews and relevant articles.

Happy New Year and a Creative Challenge



Early this year when Australian Children’s Poetry founder Di Bates called for someone to take on the site she’d started so successfully, I tentatively put up my hand. I wasn’t sure I was the right person. I do occasionally write poetry for children and sometimes it’s published in magazines and anthologies. But I certainly don’t think of myself as a poet and taking on the role of site editor felt a bit presumptuous considering my approach to writing poetry is intuitive, not educated.

I’m so glad I ignored the niggling doubts. I’ve enjoyed reading the wonderful contributions for Poem of the Day by so many talented Australian writers of poetry for children. It’s been wonderful to have you generously share your work with others. Thank you. This site couldn’t continue to attract the interest it does without your support.

Since the site began in March 2014, it’s attracted more than 141,000 views and more than 42,000 visitors. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s rather impressive for a children’s poetry site. The Poem of the Day is the most popular of all posts, followed by the listing of poets.

Because I’m not always guaranteed to have a Poem of the Day to post every day of the year, I recently introduced the Words+Pictures creative challenge. These posts have inspired some wonderful contributions, with the snail theme by far the most popular. That’s prompted me to issue a more structured creative challenge next year. Throughout 2016, every Monday from January 4 I’ll post a poetry prompt for you. I’ll mix it up with words, pictures, themes and poetic styles. Are you up for the challenge? I hope so because I’m looking forward to receiving some inspired responses…and being inspired to write more poems myself.

Happy creative New Year!