What was your inspiration for ‘Poetry Pie’?
I try to write poems every day and on a good day I succeed. They may be poems for adults or children. When I think I have enough I send them off to the Publisher and then look forward to doing the drawings.
Do you have a favourite poem in the book that you would suggest to readers to especially read?
Probably Tomorrow Has Your Name on It, which I hope will inspire youngsters particularly when they are facing a new challenge (such as going to secondary school).
What’s the best thing about being a children’s poet?
Meeting adults who remember reading my poems when they were children (and survived!).
Out of all your poems which one did you have the most fun creating?
Nightmares was fun because when I started I didn’t know how it was going to end but I liked the way it did.
What would be your ideal day out?
Going to a book festival (such as Hay, Cheltenham or Barnes), meeting old friends, making new ones and hopefully signing lots of Pies!
As a child, what books did you enjoy reading?
Growing up during the war there were very few books so I liked reading comics, sauce bottles and jam jar labels. Later I enjoyed shortened versions of A Christmas Carol and Treasure Island.
If you could give a young budding poet one piece of advice what would it be and why?
You are budding, you are writing, what more do you want?
Photo Credit - Leila Romaya