Dr Liz Chapman is the CKG Judge for YLG Yorkshire & Humber
In the early 2000s, I briefly met Seamus Heaney at a literary event, and for some reason felt the need to loudly announce to him that I couldn’t write poetry. No doubt weary of hearing this sort of thing, he assured me that if I could dance, I could write poetry. I explained that I am a terrible dancer.
Despite this, I have been inspired by the far more talented poets on the Carnegie (and Greenaway) shortlists to try my hand at a couple of poems for this blog post.
Crates of books, and more, and more
And more, arriving at my door
Reading till my eyes are sore
Notes on post-it pads galore
Eventual target: two-five-four
Ghosts, and guns, and grief, and gore
Inventing rhymes, surviving war
Eight great books that I adore!
Great escape into the wild
Refugees, and mermaid child
Elephant who guards you well
Emmeline and Christabel
Naming spells to conjure words
Adventure, loss, and bookish birds
Wolf that swallowed mouse and duck
Any topic, if you look
You’ll find it in a picture book.