From Wendy Clarke

I have had a great week. My new poetry books, Make Poetry Come Alive arrived in my snow-covered letter box two days ago. It is the most exciting thing to send your work off and some time later receive it back beautifully edited and illustrated, they look just great. Some lovely person at Essential Resources always puts peppermints in with the books. I wish all of my mail had sweeties in the envelopes!

The other great thing that happened to me this week was receiving notification that two of my students from a gifted writers’ programme were commended in a competition run by the New Zealand Poetry Society. This means that their poems will appear in this year’s anthology.

I have the privilege of teaching some very clever year 7 and 8 students from Arrowtown School (that’s near Queenstown). The funny thing is they think they are learning from me, in fact I learn far more from them. Over the years of running these programmes I have many times wished that I could write as well as they do.

Happy writing everyone.

We love your poems and creative ideas – so pleased you are happy with the books Wendy. Paula and Fraser have really enjoyed working on them. ~ Geraldine

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