Valerie Bloom

writer and performance poet

Swinging

Today the #poemoftheweek is from Let Me Touch the Sky, one of the titles now available to purchase on the site. A humorous reminder that getting what we want doesn’t always turn out well!

(The person enjoying a swing in today’s featured image really does look close to touching the sky! Captured in Ecuador by Nick Monica and accessed with thanks from unsplash.com.)

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Squirrel in winter

After a brief summer pause #poemoftheweek is back ūüôā Another animal poem from Jaws and Claws and Things with Wings this time, about someone who seems to be missing something…

(The cute little creature included in this post’s featured image was snapped in Berlin by¬†Atakan Narman; image gratefully retrieved from¬†unsplash.com.)

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Last Night I Saw A Hedgehog

It’s time for #poemoftheweek! We’re going back to Jaws and Claws and Things with Wings today for another animal poem, this time about a hedgehog.

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Refuelling

The newest #poemoftheweek is read by Valerie herself. Before you listen, can you tell what the fruit in the featured image is?

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I Don’t Think Sheep Like Me

We have a young guest appearing in the latest #poemoftheweek; Valerie’s grandson joins in the reading of this one from Jaws and Claws and Things with Wings. Featured image by¬†Sam Carter¬†on¬†Unsplash.

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The Wild Geese

Today’s #poemoftheweek is another one from Jaws and Claws and Things with Wings. Why are the geese on the move? Listen to find out! The featured image is again from the book’s illustrations by Matt Robertson.

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The Lion Lay Still in the Zoo

The latest #poemoftheweek is from Jaws and Claws and Things with Wings, a collection of animal poems. This one is a lovely poem to read aloud – you can almost picture the lion’s dreams as you read or listen. Featured image from the book’s colourful illustrations by Matt Robertson.

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Poetry tips…

Wanting to write your own poetry? In this week’s #poemoftheweek Valerie shares her top tips for writing and performing your own. What other advice would you add?

This poem was recorded several years ago for the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE).

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Autumn Gilt

It’s perhaps a bit early in the year for our next #poemoftheweek, “Autumn Gilt” (from the collection Let Me Touch the Sky), but we hope you enjoy listening anyway! There’ll be some activities for schools using this poem in an upcoming Scheme of Work freebie, so keep an eye out for that!

Photo by Dan Price on Unsplash

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Ashlyn performs “Pet Shop”!

We loved this video of 11-year-old Ashlyn Tombs from Zimbabwe performing “Pet Shop” with great style and energy for her National Eisteddfod! “Pet Shop” is one of the poems included in Jaws and Claws and Things with Wings and we’re delighted that Ashlyn chose to recite it for her entry. Well done, Ashlyn and good luck! Reproduced with permission.

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