Poem: Kitten Kisses

A year ago I took on two gorgeous kittens that had been rescued by my author friend Kylie. They have had quite an impact on me ad my writing. I was not a cat person but now I can feel myself slowly turning into the mad cat lady. I love their company. They are the perfect pet for a writer. They do not disturb me while I write and demand I take them for a walk, they barely need me apart from the basics of of being fed and watered (way less demanding than my children.)

They were the inspiration for this poem when someone told me that when cats blink they are sending you a kiss. There is now a lot of blinking going on in our house.

You will find KITTEN KISSES at the wonderful blog Australian Children’s Poetry.

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Sometimes I write nonsense poems


Sometimes when I am beginning a new manuscript it feels best in rhyme. Sometimes is doesn’t. Sometimes what I think is a rhyming manuscript is actually a story in verse or simply a poem. Sometimes it is hard to decide.

I am delighted that one of my nonsense poems is ‘Poem of the day,’ on the AUSTRALIAN CHILDREN’S POETRY BLOG. Here is the link to ‘Gordon’s having a growth spurt’:

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To read the rest of the poem click on the following link:


PS: I pretend I am Pam Ayres and read it in her Berkshire (England) accent. You can hear her recite one of her own poems here: Oh. I wish I’d looked after my teeth



World Poetry Day

I follow the blog ALPHABET SOUP and today they announced the following:

‘In 1999, the United Nations declared March 21st as World Poetry Day. That’s today!’

As an aspiring writer some of my manuscripts are in prose but some seem to fall into place in rhyme.

Last year one of my rhyming manuscripts came first in the preschool category for the CYA Competition. In a world where rhyming manuscripts can be seen as not too commercially appealing by publishers (due to problems translating the text to other languages which may not work out as well), the win was a great feeling. It meant that my ability to rhyme wasn’t too bad.

You can read about the win here: CYA Conference 2014

Here is a poem I wrote about my birth place.

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Happy World Poetry Day!