National Poetry Day 2017

It’s National Poetry Day on Thursday (28 September), with this year’s theme being ‘Freedom’. So, here’s a freedom-themed poetry video to kick-start your National Poetry Day celebrations:

View more of my poetry videos here.

Happy National Poetry Day – wherever you may be!

Anneliese Emmans Dean – theBigBuzz – Bringing poetry to life

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National Poetry Day 2014

I had the great good fortune to spend this year’s National Poetry Day in glorious rural North Yorkshire, where the sun shone brightly and the flags were hoisted in celebration!

Flags hoisted for National Poetry Day 2014 in rural North Yorkshire

Flag hoisted to celebrate National Poetry Day 2014 in rural North Yorkshire

(Well, I like to think that’s why they were hoisted!)

I was the guest of the Hutton Rudby Ladies Luncheon Club, for whom I performed my Buzzing! poetry show in which I introduced a range of garden heroes and garden villains in ‘edu-taining’ rhythm and rhyme. After which came a delicious lunch!

I met some very interesting ladies in the course of my visit – and was lucky enough to be given lifts to and from the nearest station by two of them. (Thank you Margaret and Barbara!)

Enjoying National Poetry Day in North Yorkshire

Enjoying National Poetry Day in North Yorkshire

So, what did the ladies think of their National Poetry Day entertainment? Well, here’s some feedback from their Speaker Finder:

‘Your poems are very clever and your photos are beautiful. You kept everyone interested in your talk with your enthusiastic, lively approach. It it is an inspired way of getting a message over to people of all ages. Everyone I spoke to enjoyed your visit and I am sure went away a little wiser.’

Well that’s good to hear!

If you’d like some poetry entertainment for your event, you don’t have to wait until next year’s National Poetry Day. Any day can be Poetry Day! Just contact me to find out more.

Meanwhile, thank you to Hutton Rudby Ladies Luncheon Club for inviting me to share National Poetry Day with them, and for making me so welcome. (And for arranging such glorious weather!)

Anneliese Emmans Dean – www.theBigBuzz.biz – Bringing poetry to life

National Poetry Day 2013

I had the great good fortune to spend National Poetry Day this year in Cambridge as the guest of The Perse Upper and Prep schools. I learned many things whilst I was there. Such as that it is possible to do Kung Fu whilst reading my Buzzing! book:

Harry doing Kung Fu whilst reading my Buzzing! book

Harry doing Kung Fu whilst reading my Buzzing! book

And that it is possible to have a name that is a quadruple dactyl. And also how valuable it is for a school to have a dedicated librarian.

The librarian at the Upper School is Janice Weatherall, who, along with her colleague Laura, had created a fabulous display in the library in advance of my visit.

Perse Upper School Librarian Janice Weatherall with Assistant Librarian Laura Shattock and the Buzzing! display they’d created

Perse Upper School Librarian Janice Weatherall with Assistant Librarian Laura Alboni and the Buzzing! display they’d created

The librarian at the Prep School, Sylvie Rigby, had also created a wonderful display, and inspired the pupils to enter a competition based on minibeasts they had photographed and written about. The only difficult part of my day was having to judge this competition, as the entries were so many and varied. Congratulations to all the children who took part. I was very impressed by what they had come up with.

Perse Prep School Librarian Sylvie Rigby with pupils' fabulous competition entries

Perse Prep School Librarian Sylvie Rigby with pupils’ fabulous competition entries

I performed a Buzzing! show for the Year 7s at the Upper School, and a different Buzzing! show for the whole school at the Prep School. (All my Buzzing! shows are specially tailored to the particular audience, location and event.)

Performing my Buzzing! show for The Perse Prep School

Performing my Buzzing! show for The Perse Prep School

My shows were followed, in each case, by my signing copies of my Buzzing! book for pupils and chatting with them (my favourite bit!)

I was quite overwhelmed when one Year 7 pupil handed me a card she’d just drawn for me, complete with a fabulous ‘Thank You’ message.

A Thank You card from a Year 7 pupil at The Perse Upper School, Cambridge

A Thank You card from a Year 7 pupil at The Perse Upper School, Cambridge

Then just as I was leaving the Prep School at the end of the day, the Head Teacher mentioned he’d heard some work of mine broadcast on BBC Radio 3 a few days earlier. So, that’s another thing I learned during my National Poetry Day visit to Cambridge! I’ll tell you about that broadcast another time …

Meanwhile, I’d like to thank all the staff and pupils of The Perse Upper and Prep schools for making me so very welcome, and for making National Poetry Day 2013 so enjoyable and memorable for me. Particular thanks go to Janice Weatherall, whose idea it was to invite me in the first place.

Stop Press: You can see what The Perse Upper School made of my visit here.

Anneliese Emmans Deanwww.theBigBuzz.biz – Bringing Poetry to Life

National Poetry Day 2012

What better present could I have on National Poetry Day than a fabulous review of my Buzzing! poetry book? Take a read:

Review of Buzzing! in Antenna by Peter Smithers

Review of Buzzing! in Antenna by Peter Smithers

This review appeared in Antenna, the journal of the Royal Entomological Society, and was written by its editor, Peter Smithers. Now, he is a man who knows his onions when it comes to insects and spiders, so I am particularly thrilled (and relieved!) that he thinks Buzzing! hits the spot – and that it’s got the science right too!

So, that’s two wonderful reviews of Buzzing! in one week! (Read the other one here.)

If you fancy reading Buzzing! for yourself, then you can buy your copy here, or from your favourite online or local bookshop. Or if you’re in York this Saturday (6th October) you can come along to my Buzzing! show in Rowntree Park, and buy a copy from me in person! (Find out more.)

The cover of Buzzing!, by Anneliese Emmans Dean

The cover of Buzzing!, by Anneliese Emmans Dean

Whatever your choice on this National Poetry Day, I wish you Happy Reading!

Anneliese Emmans Dean – www.theBigBuzz.biz – Bringing poetry to life