Book Launch News


The latest poetry anthology for children by The Emma Press is now available to pre-order (out 6 Dec).

‘The Head That Wears a Crown: Poems About Kings and Queens’, is an illustrated anthology of poetry and educational facts for children aged 8+.

I am thrilled to have a poem about the ghost of Mary Queen of Scots included in this fabulous anthology. If you’re looking for a stocking filler for young book worms, you can find out more about the publication and the contributing poets HERE

I love the book cover!

The Charles Causley Trust – Call Out for Poetry Submissions: Young People’s Poetry Prize (Cornish residents only)



Dear Poets, 

The Charles Causley Trust invite you to submit your poetry for the Young People’s Poetry Prize 2018. This year’s theme is ‘the Cornish countryside.’

There are three entry levels:

Category A for children aged 5 to 11

Category B for young people (in Secondary education) aged 11 to 16

Category C for young people aged 16 to 18

You must live in Cornwall. 
Closing date: Friday 20th July 2018

Good luck!

Download an entry form and find out more
from The Charles Causley Trust

Day 30 – Your #NaPoWriMo #GloPoWriMo Photo Poetry Prompt for today (Theme: 4 photos)






— **Random Imagery to Ignite Your Thinkery** —


Today’s theme: Abandoned buildings — Ruins, Derelict, Haunted, History, Post war, Atlantis/Machu Pichu/Other …

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What a busy month it’s been. I hope that you have found some of the photo prompts appealing and inspiring during the global poetry writing challenge. It’s been a pleasure selecting them for you and reading your work.

My usual Monday Motivation writing prompts, (a variety of words and images), will recommence from May, on Twitter at 06:30 and 17:00 (UK time) at OlivantePoetry

Happy writing and my best wishes,


Me, Myself and I: BookTrust writing competition for primary school children



I wanted to share with you a very exciting BookTrust writing competition for children of primary school age.

The challenge is, to write a story of no more than 500 words.

The story can be about absolutely ANYTHING and can be set anywhere you like… In space, the jungle, at school, underwater, in a shop.

There’s just one VERY simple rule: YOU are the main character, and you have to use your REAL FIRST NAME.

You can take part as a class or enter individually.

The deadline is 5pm on Monday 21st May 2018.



Five winners will get the chance to see their entry turned into a printed one-off book – with their name on the cover!

For further details and the address for sending your entries, please visit
The BookTrust


Good luck!


Day 30 of Global Poetry Month – Thank You


GloPoWriMo end of event Thank you

Thank you to all of the poets that have utilised my Photo Poetry Prompts during
Global Poetry Month. I hope you found some of them appealing and inspiring. I had fun selecting them for you. I do hope we can stay connected on WordPress/Twitter.

My usual #MondayMotivation  resume next Monday on Twitter @OlivantePoetry

my best wishes to you,


DAY 29 – Your #NaPoWriMo #GloPoWriMo Photo Poetry Prompt – “When life gives you lemons” (2 photos)




— **Random Imagery to Tempt Your Poetry** —


Today’s prompt — “When life gives you lemons – make lemonade”

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Tomorrow is the final day of Photo Poetry Prompts for GloPoWriMo.

Prompts will continue on Twitter after Global Poetry Month — every Monday (06:30 and repeated at 17:00 (UK time). Time zone converter HERE
A variety of WORD prompts and IMAGE prompts.

Happy writing, 


DAY 28 – Your #NaPoWriMo #GloPoWriMo Photo Poetry Prompt (Theme- 4 images)










— **Random Imagery to Trigger Your Thinkery** —


Today’s theme: Seeing, spying, watching, witnessing

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Happy writing,