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Saturday Six Word Story Prompt (6WSP) #3 – September 14, 2019 ~Dogs



Four footed, furry friends, faithful forever.


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Introducing the brand new Children’s Poetry Archive…

Our new website dedicated to children is here!

We are very pleased to share our new Children’s Poetry Archive with you in advance of its public launch!

As you know The Poetry Archive is a charity which collects recordings of poets reading their own work aloud, keeping them safe so that future generations can hear these unique voices. As our collections of the work of children’s poets grew so too did our desire to create a new site which would work for children as well as their parents and those who teach them.

The Children’s Poetry Archive brings together our collections in the first website totally dedicated to enabling primary-aged children to listen to poetry – and one of the best things is that they can listen to the poems in our collections anytime they want to, at home or at school, with a computer, a tablet or on a mobile phone.

This site uses some very clever functions to make listening to poetry even more fun. You’ll see a picture of an eye by each poem; this is our  ‘eyes shut, ears open’ mode and it turns off all the other distractions on the screen so you feel as if the poet is reading just for you!

Explore 100s of poems in new and exciting ways

We think listening to poems just for fun is one of the best ways to encourage a life-long love of poetry and research has already proved how experiences of poetry can improve the lives of children in terms of language, communication and education.
“Poetry for young people is a gift, part of the inheritance of anyone who speaks the language. To collect all this work together in one place is like the piling up of an enormous hoard of treasure, which is the property of anyone who uses it.
The T. S. Eliot Foundation is very proud to be involved with this wonderful archive.”

Clare Reihill, Trustee T S Eliot Estate

The Poetry Archive has spent almost 20 years raising funds to make unique recordings of poets reading their poems out loud and sharing them on We know the Children’s Poetry Archive will be enjoyed and loved just as much and we are really grateful to the T S Eliot Foundation for supporting our development of this site.

We are delighted, too, that Michael Rosen is our new Patron for this site – if anyone embodies the sheer energy and exuberance of children’s poetry, we think it’s him!

Make your own playlists with MyArchive

A feature you have asked us to provide for a long time is the ability to play poems out loud without having to go to each one! Look out for our new playlist feature in My Archive. Every time you come across a poem you love you can click on the heart to ‘favourite’ it and this will put it in your very own My Archive list – then, when you visit your My Archive page, you can listen back to all your favourites and share them with your friends.

Teach the world’s best poetry to your class

We think it’s easier to teach and enjoy poetry by hearing it out loud so we’ve brought together some resources to help teachers in the classroom.

Our new teaching area brings together resources to support different aspects of teaching, including classroom materials structured around teaching individual poems and collections curated to provide new and exciting ways to explore poetry. We’ll be adding to this area and working with teachers to grow these resources over the coming months.

Re-blogged from The poetry archive.


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One for the diary coming soon. Info. from A resource of merit

BeaconLit – The Beacon Villages festival of books and writing

Celebrating a seventh year in 2019, BeaconLit is a one-day event that combines a high quality literary festival with an intimate village atmosphere. Entirely staffed and run by volunteers, the festival raises funds for the Beacon Villages Community Library that serves the villages surrounding the Ivinghoe Beacon landmark in the heart of thee beautiful Chilterns.

This year’s lineup includes author panels, live interviews and interactive sessions, featuring debut authors, crime writers, indie talents, TV and stage stars, broadcasters and much more!


When? Saturday, July 13 2019

Where? Brookmead School High Street Ivinghoe Buckinghamshire LU79EX ,United Kingdom

Who? 2019 – ROBERT DAWES: TV (including Poldark) and stage actor and bestselling thriller writer; LEIGH RUSSELL: Bestselling crime novelist and chair of Crime Writers Association Debut Dagger judges; JANE WENHAM- JONES: author, journalist, presenter, interviewer, creative writing tutor, writing competition judge, and speaker; QUENTIN BATES: Author, translator and co-founder of Icelandic Noir Festival; PLUS Morgen Bailey, Alison Bruce, West Camel, Adina Campbell, Jane Davis, Noelle Holten, Lesley Lodge, Fiona Vigo Marshall, A B Morgan, Dave Sivers and Georgia Twynham




Festival Director? 2019- Dave Sivers

Established? 2013

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N haiku

True love will ignore

the obstacles encountered

regrets may follow

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