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Hello and welcome to my web site. Some of you may know me as a writer of poems for children. Some may have read my picture books. And, more recently, some of you may know of my Winnie-the-Pooh story in ‘The Best Bear in All the World’, which is published to celebrate Pooh’s 90th birthday.
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Poem of the week

A Villanelle for World Book Day

I have to write a poem for World Book Day,
My local school have asked me to recite,
But …
If it’s no good, they might all run away

I sit and think, all night and then all day,
I tell myself – those kids will be polite
But
I have to write a poem for World Book Day,

I drink a coffee in a street café,
I must get something written by tonight,
Yet …
If it’s no good, they might all run away

I hear the children coming out to play
I tell myself – they’re harmless – they won’t bite,
I have to write a poem for World Book Day.

A villanelle! That’s something different. Yay!
To show it isn’t just my name that’s bright.
But
If it’s no good, they might all run away

At last it’s finished. Sing: “Calooh-Callay!”
It’s nothing special, but, I guess, all right.
I have to write a poem for World Book Day,
And if it’s good – perhaps they’ll shout: “Hooray!”
I said: “If it’s good – perhaps they’ll shout: “Hooray!

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