Children's Poetry

I find metre, rhythm and rhyme irresistible, like ice cream on a summer’s day. So I‘m always looking for new words, and new ways to make words work together to create interesting sounds.

Some of my poems are funny (or at least I hope they are…). But some are serious and address important things that aren’t always talked about, like sadness, fear or kindness. I often think about how we live and what we can do to make our lives, and the lives of others, a little bit better.

In 2016, I won the Caterpillar Poetry Prize and my poems been widely published around the world (including by Bloomsbury, Macmillan, WaylandOtter-Barry BooksThe Emma PressTroikaThe Irish Times, The CaterpillarSpringboard Stories, Stew, Teach Primary, The Poetry SchoolThe PoolCountdown and Touchdown).

My poetry has been illustrated by Chris Riddell, set to music by Graham Ross, and performed by Helena Bonham Carter. I’ve performed at Latitude, Bath Music Festival and Wigmore Hall, as well as on BBC Radio 3. My poem The Land of Blue was featured on BBC Radio 6 Music, and this year, Poetry Ireland featured me as one of eight poets displayed on the Dublin overground.

This page features a selection of my poems and illustrations, together with audio recordings – so please have a listen.