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Roger Stevens

Roger Stevens founded and runs the award-winning Poetry Zone website, which encourages children to write and publish their poetry and offers guidance and ideas for teachers on now to make the teaching of poetry fun and rewarding. Since 1998 the Poetry Zone has published around 20,000 poems by young people and had millions of visitors – children and teenagers, real live poets and teachers who use the Poetry Zone as a fun way of teaching poetry in their schools.

Roger has written 24 book and has poems in over 200 children’s anthologies. He loves to edit anthologies for children too: recent ones include A Million Brilliant Poems (part one) for which he’s been lucky to be able to choose some of his very favourite poems from some of his favourite poets; What Rhymes With Sneeze – an anthology of rhyming poems and Off By Heart – poems to memorise, with helpful memorising tips in the back. With Macmillan Children’s Books, he’s published What Are We Fighting For – war poems with Brian Moses and a book of animal poems written with Jan Dean.

He lives in Brighton and France and is a frequent visitor to schools to talk to children about poetry and to perform his poems.

He is an ambassador for National Poetry Day.

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When did you start writing poems?

How do you describe what a poem is to children?


What is it about poetry as an art form that appeals to you?

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Did your poetry writing help you when you were in a band?

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What techniques can children use to help them remember poems?

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How do you make a poem sound good out loud?

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Have you had a very unusual inspiration for a poem?

Where do you get your ideas from?


What advice would you give to young poets?

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Do poems have to rhyme?

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Why do you like writing poems?

Why do we need a National Poetry Day?


What is the starting point when writing a poem?

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