Conrad Burdekin is a writer, poet and storyteller in West
Yorkshire, England. He has visited hundreds of primary schools across the
country, inspiring children to want to write and tell stories. He has published
four books of children’s poetry and a picture book. He lives in a house as the
lone male, along with his wife, three daughters, three (female) guinea pigs,
and one (female) dog!
‘The BFT’ by Richard Evans (UK)
Richard Evans has been writing poetry since he was eleven
years old. Now he’s 35, and despite being a lot taller (and I mean a lot
taller!), poetry is still one of his biggest passions.
‘Jia-Wen’s Grandad’ by Matt Goodfellow (UK)
Matt Goodfellow travels the UK, visiting schools, libraries
and festivals to deliver high-energy, fun-filled poetry performances and
workshops. His most recent book of poems is called Carry Me Away and he has
forthcoming collections with Macmillan and Otter-Barry Books.
‘To be a Bear’, ‘Trains Feel Love’ and ‘The Deaf Mountain’
by Louise Greig (UK)
Louise Greig lives in Scotland where she spends much of her
time immersed in nature and writing poetry and children’s picture books. In
recent years she has been joint winner of the inaugural Manchester Writing for
Children Prize, winner of the main prize in the Wigtown Poetry competition and winner
of the Caterpillar Poetry Prize.
‘Denture Misadventure’ by Lyn Halliday (Australia)
Lyn Halliday writes playful words at night, and technical
words during her day job in Brisbane, Australia. She loves funny poems and is
working on her first novel for middle-grade readers.
‘She said “No”‘ by Mercedes Hesselroth (USA)
Mercedes Hesselroth is honoured to be recognized by The
Caterpillar magazine. In addition to writing, Mercedes enjoys music, theatre
and books. She currently attends college in Pittsburgh.
‘The Field Hospital for Frogs’ by Eileen Keane (Ireland)
Eileen P. Keane is a poet, memoirist and singer/songwriter.
Her work has been published in numerous literary magazines and journals and has
featured on national and international TV and radio. She lives in the west of
‘He’ll never Be …’ by Jemima Laing (UK)
Jemima Laing wrote poems as a teenager and started again
just over a year ago. Nymphs and Thugs published a couple and she won the first
poetry slam she entered last November. She’s a former BBC journalist, having
first qualified as a solicitor, and she lives in Plymouth with her family.
‘Do Wasps Ever Cry?’ by John Morris (UK)
John Morris is from Stourbridge in the Black Country and has
written poetry for over 40 years. His first book, a collection of poems for
children, will be published shortly.
‘New Boy’ by Heather F. Reid
Heather F. Reid lives in Scotland with her family and two
demanding cats. she enjoys writing for adults and children. She dislikes slugs
‘Here’s a Little Jazz Number’, ‘Johnny One-Arm’ and ‘My
Grandma’s a Straight-Talking Woman’ by Shauna Darling Robertson
Shauna Darling Robertson lives in Somerset where she writes
for adults and children. Her poems are widely published in magazines and
anthologies and in a chapbook, Blueprints for a Minefield.
‘72’ by Gabe Rothschild (USA)
Gabe Rothschild is a singer-songwriter, poetry reciter,
elementary school teacher, Texas creature, storyteller and thinks-he’s-funny-type-of-feller.
He’s currently compiling a collection of original children’s poems.