When I’m Not Writing

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I am often asked what I do when I am not writing. One of my favourite occupations is gardening. Bonsai, succulents and orchids give me a break from the story on which I am currently working. Amaryllis also make it onto the list, especially at this time of the year in South Africa. Both the amaryllis pictured have been in our garden for some years. They live in pots and are brought onto the front verandah just after they come into bud.  

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COLOUR ME MORE: Teaching English Language and Literature

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The paperback version of ‘COLOUR ME MORE: Teaching English Language and Literature’ has just been released. I hope you will join me in wishing it well. 

Dear Reader, ‘COLOUR ME MORE: Teaching English Language and Literature’ is full of ideas and examples to help you become a better teacher of English language and literature. It is a ‘How To’ book specifically designed to assist teachers new to teaching this discipline. If you are interested in improving your skills in the creative teaching of literature, grammar, various forms of writing, public speaking, forum discussions, debating, team speaking, visual literacy, media and much more, this book should be of great help. There is special emphasis in ‘COLOUR ME MORE: Teaching English Language and Literature’ on how to use colour to help students learn.

With good wishes,

Andrew Pender-Smith

COLOUR ME MORE: Teaching Dramatic Arts

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The paperback version of ‘COLOUR ME MORE: Teaching Dramatic Arts’ has just been released. I hope you will join me in wishing it well. 

Dear Reader, ‘COLOUR ME MORE: Teaching Dramatic Arts’ is full of ideas to help you become a better teacher of the dramatic arts. It is a ‘How To’ book specifically designed to assist teachers new to teaching this discipline. If you are interested in improving your skills in the teaching of mine, movement, improvisation, storytelling, drama games, the interpretation of literature for performance, putting on a production and much more, I am confident you will find ‘COLOUR ME MORE: Teaching Dramatic Arts’ of tremendous help.

With good wishes,

Andrew Pender-Smith

what has touched me

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what has touched me

 

a blue butterfly

balancing upon a new leaf

resting briefly there

 

singing in unison

dawn birds welcome the sun

forage in a tree

 

fish splash and circle

break the sun’s filtering rays

love this morning’s time

 

an old beetle sits

in silent contemplation

a little Bhudda

 

the soil shifts slightly

an earthworm is barely here

then down and gone again

 

velvet buttons swim

they are tadpoles exploring

loving the algae

                                                                                                     

a dragonfly’s wings

catch and shout the day’s light

disperse it for free

 

I have sat watching

slow to move and quick to see

what has touched me

        ©  Andrew Pender-Smith

I composed this lyric a few weeks ago. Anyone looking at it carefully, and I hope you do, will see that it is comprised of eight separate haiku designed to link through, to create a lyric. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What Do You Think Of That?

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These two poems ‘I’ and ‘I Am A?’ are the last in this series of one or two children’s poems in a picture. More may follow later this year. As per usual, anyone who wishes to use them, such as in a poetry speaking festival or theme programme, is most welcome to do so. 

With good wishes,

Andrew Pender-Smith

 

 

 

 

Zipppp…….. Splat!

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Zippp……  Splat!  is the third poem in a short series I am creating in which a children’s poem is placed in a photo. As some of you may know, I have been writing  and publishing children’s poetry for years. Should anyone wish to use the poem, they are more than welcome to do so. Enjoy!

Another photo and poem combination will follow later this week. 

Hello Butterfly

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”Hello Butterfly” is a short poem for children I placed into a photo. Anyone who has looked at earlier posts will have seen and read poems for children written by me. I have had numerous poems used in schools in South Africa. My particular interest is in writing poems for children to use in Speech and Drama as exercises or for public performance. To this end, a book of my poems for young people called ”Fantastic Spacey Racy Thing and Lots and Lots of Other Poems” was published a few years ago. Anyone wishing to use ”Hello Butterfly” is free to do so with acknowledgement of the poet.

Andrew Pender-Smith