I happened to hear Ed Sheeran on Desert Island Discs on Radio 4 yesterday. Time and again when he was setting out he was told by record labels he approached that ‘No-one wants to see a ginger white guy rapping’. Despite that, he stayed true to himself, stayed true to his dream and kept on knocking on doors. And the rest is history.

This inspiring story reminded me of a poem of mine. So for anyone in need of a little motivation today, be it because of SATS or GCSEs or dissertation or … life, here’s a little something I hope will inspire you to reach as high as high can be:

If you’re interested, you’ll find more of my poetry videos on my Videos page, or at my YouTube channel.

Anneliese Emmans Dean – theBigBuzz – Bringing poetry to life


Feed them bees!

Although it’s now the beginning of November, on sunny days you may well still see some Queen bumblebees out in your garden, feeding away. They are certainly out and about here in York:

Queen Buff-tailed bumblebee feeding on Mahonia here in York, 29 October 2013

Queen Buff-tailed bumblebee feeding on Mahonia here in York, 29 October 2013. Photo by Anneliese Emmans Dean

These Queen bumblebees need to build up energy stores to see them through their upcoming hibernation. And in many areas it’s up to us to provide them with flowers to do this! In fact, it’s up to us all to provide as many bumblebee-friendly flowers in our gardens as we can all year round. Why? Well, check out this video:

So, have you got flowers blooming in your garden now? Have you got bumblebee-friendly flowers in bloom right through the bumblebee year? How bee-friendly is your garden? To find out, try out the Bumblebee Conservation Trust’s simple online Bee Kind tool.

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust's Bee Kind toolIt will help you create a fabulous bee-friendly garden all year round.

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust's online Bee Kind tool

What do we want?
Lots more flowers!
When do we want them?

Anneliese Emmans Deanwww.theBigBuzz.biz – Bringing poetry to life

Compost! The (mini-)Musical in the USA

Compost! The (mini-)Musical has crossed the Atlantic! US children’s magazine Jack and Jill is running an illustrated feature (by American journalist Barbara Hall) about my BigBuzz eco-musical Compost! The (mini-)Musical in their latest issue.

US children's magazine Jack and Jill To complement the article, there’s a video on the Jack and Jill website all about the musical. The video features many of the groups of children here in Britain who have learned and performed Compost!

Watch the video here

If you’d like to join in and put on Compost! The (mini-)Musical where you are, you can buy the comprehensive Teaching Pack (which includes a resource CD) from theBigBuzz website, or from Amazon.

Compost! The (mini-)Musical Teaching Pack

Compost! The (mini-)Musical Teaching Pack

Anneliese Emmans Dean – www.theBigBuzz.bizinfo@theBigBuzz.biz