Wherever you come from in the world - welcome to my website and to the poems that I have written over the last five to six years mainly, encouraged initially by children in my local primary school who had very fixed ideas about the type of poems that they liked. It seems that what I wrote for them, often with the subject of the poem supplied by them very often, met with their approval and of the approval of teachers and children (and adults too of course), worldwide.
My poems went out to 188 countries of the world last year both via my Ebooks, which are very popular, and via my websites. I have five. You have an opportunity to try some of my poems with your children, but there are many many poems which are in my E-books and by buying the books you will automatically become members of the website where the poems in the books are for you can find them there also and with illustrations and voice recordings.
I have chosen to write a great deal of my poetry with rhyme/rhythm or metre because this is what the children said they like, and so do I. For older children I give them a wide range of poetical styles.
I didn't start writing poetry until I was well retired from my life as a teacher. I spent my life encouraging young people to do their best with the gifts God had given them, and to be sure that everyone has their own particular gift. The last thing I expected was to discover, in my own retirement, that children would encourage me to do the same, but there it is.
I live in Ilkley, in West Yorkshire, one of the most beautiful areas in the world and certainly in the UK, and you can see my home area on my slideshow on this website. You will find that my love of the natural world will come through in my poems time and time again, but I hope also my "inner child" will also show through and my fun with words.
I'd like to develop things in my poetry-world with you, and one of the things I hope is that you will get your children up and performing the poems I've written for I feel strongly that these poems should not just sit on a page. If your children do a good poetry performance, whether it be filmed or voice recorded, and I like it, I will gladly link from the poem on my website to your school. This is just a little start of things which I hope will follow because I would like you to be using this poetry in a fun way.
SKYPE VISITS: I often visit children in their classrooms, and quite often right across the world. I love to see how well children can recite my poems, putting expression and often drama into their performances. I love to meet the children, learn about their part of the world, hear their poems and answer their questions. The skype visits are not expensive and because of this, I am often invited back several times.
Before going, please do go to my BOOKSHOP and by buying my poems you are helping to support myself and my artists, which is very much appreciated. You are also buying membership to the website where the poems in your books are.
I'm looking to further develop my poems with companies who are interested in working with me to develop the poems you see here, because I know that I have a lot to offer the world, and am already doing so.
I send you all my very best wishes. Josie
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