National Poetry Day Virtual Author Events

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Join internationally acclaimed duo, poet Nicola Davies and illustrator Petr Horácek, to celebrate National Poetry Day and hear them talk about their latest books, The Star Whale and Choose Love on Friday 6th October.

For KS2: National Poetry Day: Virtual Author Event with Nicola Davies and Petr Horácek - KS2 | Leeds for Learning

Friday 6th October, 2pm-3pm

Book a place for your school for £20 here – includes hardback book

Join internationally acclaimed duo, poet Nicola Davies and illustration Petr Horácek, to celebrate National Poetry Day and hear them talk about their latest book, The Star Whale (Otter-Barry Books).

Discover a pangolin at dusk, fly on the bat’s back, visit a lion and hear about his plight; try the moth alphabet tongue-twister, meet fighting Tazzies on a night out in Tasmania or dream about the five-legged dog and three-legged cat! Then find out about real, huge Titanosaurus and amazing Coelacanths. You might spot a kingfisher, that ‘small glint of wonder’, and see how ‘wild reclaims the world’ in the urban night-time. 

Schools will receive a beautiful hardback copy of the The Star Whale and any schools that register for the webinar will have unlimited access to a recording of the event if classes can't watch it live.

Nicola Davies is the author of more than 80 books for children and young people, including poetry, non-fiction, picture books and novels. Her work has been published in more than 10 different languages and won awards in the UK, US, Europe and Asia. In 2017, she was the first recipient of the School Library Association’s award for Outstanding Contribution to Children’s Non-fiction. Her recent YA novel, The Song that Sings Us, has been nominated for the Yoto Carnegie Medal. The Star Whale is her third collaboration with Petr Horácek. Their first, the poetry collection A First Book Of Animals, was shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway medal. Nicola regularly runs workshops for children and adults to help them find their voices as writers and advocates for nature. She lives in Pembrokeshire, Wales.

Petr Horácek has won many international awards as a creator of picture books. His glowing, expressive artwork is perfectly matched by words that speak directly to children. Petr was born in Prague and studied at the Academy of Fine Art. As a teenager he used to go out and paint in the woods, and his feeling for wild nature is very apparent in his illustrations. He
moved to the UK in 1994 and his first picture books were published in 2001. He runs hugely popular workshops in schools and bookshops, and at book festivals. Petr also tutors students of illustration. His other books for Otter-Barry Books are The Last Tiger and The Perfect Present, nominated for the Yoto Carnegie Medal for Illustration. Petr lives in Worcester, UK.

 

For KS3/4: National Poetry Day: Virtual Author Event with Nicola Davies and Petr Horácek - KS3/4 | Leeds for Learning

Friday 6th October, 10am-11am

Book a place for your school for £20 here – includes hardback book

Join internationally acclaimed duo, poet Nicola Davies and illustration Petr Horácek, to celebrate National Poetry Day and hear them talk about their thought-provoking book, Choose Love (Graffeg).

Choose Love is a cycle of poems that highlights the experience of those forced to become refugees. The core of the collection was written in 2018 as part of a project with the charity Refugee Trauma Initiative.

With the permission of both individual refugees and aid workers, RTI shared with Nicola a number of true and poignant stories which were then used as the basis for short-form poems. Over the following years Nicola has added to this core of poems to create a coherent collection on the theme of forced migration, its wider causes and consequences.

Schools will receive a beautiful hardback copy of the Choose Love and any schools that register for the webinar will have unlimited access to a recording of the event if classes can't watch it live.

 


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Published: 19/09/2023
Audience: Sessions targeting both KS2 and KS3/4 pupils
Contact: Samantha McGee

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