As I travelled around the UK visiting schools to perform my poems and give poetry and writing workshops I often wished that there was some way children could publish their poems. It seemed a shame that such wonderful and beautiful poetry and verse could not reach a wider audience. Then it occured to me that the internet was the answer - and I began THE POETRY ZONE. It has now been running for ten years and is receiving around 6000 visitors a week.
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Journal of Danny Chaucer (Poet) is guaranteed
This is being broadcast on BBC Radio 4 - Tuesday
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What the Daily Mail said - June 2003
A witty, warm, one boy play read by Roger Stevens.
What The Guardian said - May 2002
written in poetic form are big news in the US teenage fiction market,
and this home-grown effort is up there with the best. Danny Chaucer
is an Adrian Mole without the wimpishness or pomposity, and the gap
between Danny's fantasy life and reality is wittily chronicled in a
story that follows the thr rhythm of the school year, first love and
loss, and all the pains of growing up. Particularly the sledgehammer
blow when his best friend goes off with Jenny, the girl of his dreams.
Stevens' verse is jaunty, knowing and tart and he gets right inside
the dark, dark corners of the adolescent male mind. Although the verse
form may take a page or two to get used to, it actually makes this
an easier and less daunting book for reluctant readers than the traditional
What the author says -
If you have used this book in your classroom and have found it helpful with reluctant readers - please let me know. I'm currently working on Danny Chaucer 2 and feedback would be very useful. Thanks -