Humming Amongst the Roses

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Humming Amongst the Roses

What turns a pleasant town, in which everyone knows and cares for each other, into a place of unexplained death and tears? As bees hum contentedly amongst the park’s roses and insects skim above the peaceful lake or fly from tree to tree, kindly Molly Jones, a retired school librarian and keen gardener, finds herself unwittingly drawn into a sinister world amidst this happy place of pretty flowers and good friends and neighbours. As loved ones die in the town and nearby, and a young man is missing, Molly Jones finds herself running along a lonely path, step by breathless, sweaty step, into a contemporary horror only a few have contemplated, let alone met.

‘Humming Amongst the Roses’ is another work of short fiction in the crime and horror genres by Andrew Pender-Smith

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01HZ4TYAK

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The images are connected with the story of poor Molly Jones and the torment she encountered. The first photo was used for the cover.

If they have not already seen it, I hope readers will be interested in looking at an earlier post with the title ‘Alicia Billington’s Best Cat’. Please scroll down.

To those of you who write, ‘Happy writing’ from Andrew Pender-Smith, Craig Carden and Sebastian de Vervet of Green Monkey Publications.

Super Cool Doodle Bug Art Genius

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Super Cool Doodle Bug Art Genius

 Greetings,

A Confession Session:

Don’t blame the boys in

the neighbourhood.

Don’t blame the lonely old man in

the park with nothing to do.

Don’t blame the girls on their bikes

or the guy with the blue spiky hair

for the amazing graffiti on the wall.

I’m the doodle bug that sneaks out

in the dark.

Lightning quick on the draw,

if you’ll excuse the pun,

I take pictures from in my head

and put them on the wall.

I think it’s super cool to

see people’s faces in the morning.

Who put that there?

Amazing. Wizard. Magic.

Absolutely wicked!

This run-down place is now an art space,

a gallery of wild imagination.

Yo, bro.

Check it out, man.

So don’t blame anyone but me

for the art work that’s blowing your mind away,

and it’s absolutely free.

From the doodle-bugging art genius that’s

really, really

ME

                      ©   Andrew Pender-Smith

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This poem comes from a collection of seventy five poems called FANTASTIC SPACEY RACY THING AND LOTS AND LOTS OF OTHER POEMS by Andrew Pender-Smith. The collection can be found at  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GQ6DIRE

Kindly note: Unless otherwise stated, all images on this website come from free image stock.

Alicia Billington’s Best Cat

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A number of mysterious and potentially dangerous sightings and incidents were reported in England and Ireland some years ago. In ‘Alicia Billington’s Best Cat’ by Andrew Pender-Smith, the author has created a work of horror and suspense which provides a possible answer as to how these strange events occurred. To say more would  spoil the reader’s quest to solve a puzzle that, some say, has never been satisfactorily explained. After reading this short work of fiction, available on Amazon Kindle, you might be tempted to read more widely on what brought armed police out into some of the remotest areas of the English and Irish countryside as well as a few front gardens and backyards.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01HZ4TY4Q

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So, who exactly was Alicia Billington? What did she do for a living and how did she become so closely attached to her cats?

Hear Me by Julia North

Introducing an exciting new novel by writer, Julia North. I have known this writer for many years as we did our initial training as teachers of Speech and Drama together. Julia North is now a deputy head teacher in Britain and is the author of two novels. ‘Hear Me’ is her second. To learn more about it, click on the link. I am sure you will find it well worth the the read. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B06W9JV6GY

It is published by Hookline Books in the UK.

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Her earlier novel is a work for young adults and it is called ‘Lieutenant Hotshot: The Story of an Invisible Child’. It is published by Lodestone books and is also available on Amazon. Both books are set in South Africa, a country Julia North knows well and evokes with ease in her writing.

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Happy reading of the books of a dedicated and excellent author. May she write many more. Andrew Pender-Smith

 

 

De Green Monkee Says ”Happy Easter”

 

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De Green Monkee says ‘’Happy Easter’’

If like jus like me,

an my mad an crazy family,

you celebrate de Easter, I say

‘’Happy Easter’’ to you.

I wish you peace an happiness

at dis happy Easter time.

Don eat too many Easter eggs.

Watch de beer an wine,

or you might take one swing too many

an fall off de branch or

ka-boomps de-boomps onto your

bums right off de forest vine.

Keep de happiness, make friends wid all.

Dis not de time for fighting, fighting.

Now pass de peace an de monkee wine.

Happy Easter!

© Sebastian de Vervet

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De Green Monkee Speaks

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De Green Monkee Speaks

Pssssst! So babee,

you wanna know about

de green monkee?

You see me here.

You see me dere

when I swing frum

tree to tree

wid great agility.

When I’m eating de fruits,

or swimming in de jungle pools,

I’m tinking, tinking, tinking

because I got de hobbies

like dancing, writing, singing.

One big day I might be

de world’s most famous

dancing, writing, singing monkee,

but for now I chill, my brudder,

an enjoy de monkee beer

an eat de forest fruits, mon,

because life is cool, mon,

an slowly, slowly

I’m swinging, lazy, lazy

in dis forest tree.

© Andrew Pender-Smith and Sebastian de Vervet

Teachers and students are free to use this poem on the condition that the author is acknowledged.

De Green Monkee Speaks Again

I been tinking, tinking about

dis career business.

I don won anyone tinking I’m

just no swing-about.

Even when I’m drinking de best in

monkee beer,

my mind, my bro, is agile.

It’s workin’ absolutely clear.

If dis dancing, writing, singing business

is not de ting for me,

I’ll study a course in

monkee philosophy,

because my mind can jump from here

an’ my mind can jump from dere.

I dink I’ll run for president

or maybe monkee king.

Now it’s time for more beer, mon,

while I do my clever, clever tinking.

© Andrew Pender-Smith and Sebastian de Vervet

Teachers and students are free to use this poem on the condition that the author is acknowledged.

The Green Monkey is the brains, when he’s not drinking too much monkey beer and swinging from fruit tree to fruit tree, behind ‘Green Monkey Publications’. He’s the one who keeps a sharp lookout on its two authors, Andrew Pender-Smith and Craig Carden, to make sure they aren’t in the least bit slack and keep on writing.  His full name is Sebastian de Vervet but he is simply called ‘Sabs’ by friends and family. The top shows Sebastian as a baby with his parents.

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This photo is of Sebastian’s uncle, Uncle Herbert de Vervet.

A ‘High Five’ for Drama

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A ‘High Five’ for Drama

A ‘High Five’ for drama for every child in every school. I have taught, written about, and adjudicated drama in schools for long enough to know that there really is no greater teaching tool for helping children become well-rounded, confident adults.  See earlier posts for more of what I have said on the subject and to obtain poems that can be effectively used in the drama classroom. The photos in this post are here to illustrate the poem ‘The Jungle’ by Andrew Pender-Smith.

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The Jungle

The jungle’s alive with

jungly sounds:

Screeching parrots

and grunting tigers.

The beating of jungle drums.

The roar of a far-off waterfall.

The loud trumpeting of

an old, grey elephant

and the galloping hooves of a buck

as a growling lion chases him.

Run, buck – runnn!

                     ©    Andrew Pender-Smith

Teachers and students are free to use this poem. I hope they enjoy using it.

Once again I include one of my maxims: ‘A poem a day helps build vocabulary the easy way’.

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In Happy Celebration

Green Monkey Publications

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Both of these works are now available on Amazon as e-books. To find out more, click on the link below.

https://www.amazon.com/author/andrewpendersmith

Also just released is the poem ‘Aftermath’ by Andrew Pender-Smith. It is among a number of others to be included in the 2017-2019 syllabus of the Speech and Drama Association of South Africa.

Aftermath

The wind and waves boomed up the lagoon

crashing surf and sand over invisible rocks.

The fish were gone –

flailing fathoms deep

while gutted shells cracked and splintered.

The trees bent violently before being

snapped

over the roiling waters

as fishing boats spun and whacked

into brittle shards.

The once brightly painted hulls

were now no more as remnant after

remnant was snatched into the

savage tumult of boom and horrible roar.

Jagged out to sea or shore-bound as lightning

zapped and zithered from rock to black water

and scarred rock again.

When dawn…

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Drama – Aiding the Development of Every Child

mardi-gras-masks-22866545 (2)My wish: for every child on this planet to attend a school that offers drama.

Why drama?  It is the most holistic developmental tool available.

A child doing drama at school is developed emotionally, intellectually, socially and physically.

How does drama assist the development of the individual and, by extension, the broader community? The answers are outlined below.

Ways in which the student is developed:African Mask 1

Language acquisition and development

Non-verbal communication skills are enhanced.

Empathy is developed through working with others as well through role play and the reading of literary texts. This also helps with imagination.

Co-operative and leadership skills are learnt.

Reading, writing and public speaking skills are improved.

Improvisation and drama’s overall emphasis on learning through doing helps students to think for themselves.

It is my great hope that any parent or teacher who is not already a convert to the cause of ‘drama for every child’ will research and discuss further, with a view to introducing drama at the school which their child attends. You will be so pleased you did.tAfrican masks 2

Where to find out more? There is a lot available online in the form of e-books, magazines, journals and blogs. Local libraries should have books and DVD’s. You could also interview teachers and students of the dramatic arts. I am confident you will come across a lot that supports my call of drama for every child, wherever they are on this planet. I also encourage you to look up ‘Drama in Education’, ‘Theatre in Education’ and ‘Drama as Therapy’ and the uses of ‘Drama across the Curriculum’.  It is a case of ‘seek and you shall find’, and I am confident that what you discover will encourage and empower you to push every school that doesn’t offer drama to do so. My slogan? drama for every child in every school.

With good wishes,

Andrew Pender-Smith

Teacher of dramatic arts, writer and adjudicator.

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Why the use of masks to illustrate this blog? Working with masks, preferably those made with themselves or under the guidance of a teacher, are a marvellous way of engaging in creative play free of inhibition.

I encourage you to share, share and share everything I have said here to help all children have a truly holistic education.

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