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Back In 1997 I co-wrote 'The Grit: the story of Lowestoft’s fishing village' with Jack Rose. That book is now at the heart of a new community words, film and music project devised by Poetry People and supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. As part of the project, in 2018, I'll be writing a new show bringing to life the characters and stories of The Grit. There will also be , a celebration day in Sparrows Nest Park, permanent new displays about The Grit in the Lowestoft Maritime Museum and a load of schools workshops getting the young people town to write about this almost forgotten fishing village. And there's also the little matter of republishing and revising the original book which will be out in time for the tour of the show in the autumn. It promises to be a busy year!  You can read more about the project over at the Poetry People website.



My new collection for children, The Bubble Wrap, is now available. I've also illustrated the book too in my own 'jaunty' style and we're saying it's suitable for children of all ages - from five to ninety five! Packed with poems you’ll also discover the best things about a sneeze, good words to send by bubble (and the best way to wrap them) and the noise a cow makes… going backwards down the stairs. It's published by a new imprint from the Poetry Business, 'Small Donkey' and is priced £6.95. You can buy it here.





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The Bubble Wrap cover FINAL