Wild Words Festival 2022

So Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th June is the Wild Words Festival in Cuffley, Hertforshire. I am on stage Friday at 4:30pm and I must say I am really looking forward to it.

I have been sifting through my children’s poems to find daft ones, silly ones, disgusting ones to share to warm the audience up before we get onto the serious business of wishes.

Wishes are so important to stories. Without them many things would not happen. Events would not take place and characters would not be motivated to do something. Of course, the problem with making a wish is that usually something goes wrong as Billy found out Wishbone Billy.

If you can make the festival, do say high and do let me know what you thought of my books if you bought them. I always love to find out from children what they think. If you can’t make the Wish Wonder you will probably find me hanging out in the festival’s bookshop buying more books when I really shouldn’t. I have so many to read already!

Anyway, whatever you are doing over the weekend don’t forget to take time to find a quiet space and make a wish. Maybe just a small one. You never know who might be listening.

POEM: Contentment

Ball of contentment
sweet dreaming of warm log fires
and a little mouse

This poem came about because I was trying out different poetry forms. I like poems with clear structures that constrain you but at the same time free you as you don’t have to worry about how many stanzas you are going to use, or what rhyme pattern you are going to go to battle with. This poem is obviously about my cat and how content he looked settle on my lap before a winter’s fire.

POEM: Man In The Moon

Half moon

 

There was a man in the moon,
Who switched the lights off too soon,
Day turned to night,
All people in fright,
Running in fear of the doom.

 

This type of poem is called a limerick.  It was made popular by Edward Lear in the 19th century. I just love these types of poems. They are great fun to write because of the clear structure and rhyme pattern. 

A limerick has five lines with a clear AABBA rhyme pattern:

There was a man in the moon, A
Who switched the lights off too soon, A
Day turned to night, B
All people in fright, B
Running in fear of the doom. A

and a da-de-da-de-da, da-de-da-de-da, de-da-de-da, de-da-de-da, da-de-da-de-da rhythm to it.

Why don’t you have a go?

There are more examples here: https://www.brownielocks.com/kidlimericks.html

Write-30 No.62

Write 30

Free Choice.

Write about anything you want. It could be about your day, about a TV programme, a computer game, in fact anything you want.

STUCK?   Try this idea: The hardest thing I have ever done is…

What is Write – 30?
Write – 30 is a daily activity where you write non-stop for twenty minutes then check and edit your work for 10 minutes. You will be asked to write about different subjects and in different forms.

The writing should be done on lined paper in pencil if possible. Edit and check the work in pen. If you don’t have paper and pencil, use what you can. Even a computer.

Finding it difficult? What you can do to help:

  • Always sit/work in the same place
  • Always use the same writing tools
  • Always turn the TV off
  • No talking – it distracts thinking
  • Always listen to the same piece of classical music when writing.
  • Always set yourself a goal: count the number of words. Try to beat that number the following day.

Write-30 No.30

Woman sitting on floor front of stage

Star Academy.

You have won a place at a world famous stage school. In your first lesson, you find out you must put together a performance with others for the end of the week. What will your show be like?  Will it be a success?

STUCK?   Try this story starter:
Jamie sat at the back of the classroom full of nerves. She had made it. She was at Richard Harris’ School of Performing Arts. Mrs Wilson, the black-cladded drama teacher coughed to get everyone’s attention.
‘Students, it may be your first week but it doesn’t mean you can start easy. We expect high standards and believe students must hit the ground running if they are to achieve all they can achieve. So, this week you must form groups of four and put on a performance in the main auditorium. It can be a dance, a play extract, a song, a mixture of the three. You will be graded on the results. It’s over to you.’
Jamie sat stunned. She hardly knew anyone there. How would she form a group? And would she be good enough?

What happens next?

DID YOU KNOW? There is a series of books about a girl who goes to stage school but really wants to practise her circus skills. It is called Olivia’s First Term by Lyn Gardner.

What is Write – 30?
Write – 30 is a daily activity where you write non-stop for twenty minutes then check and edit your work for 10 minutes. You will be asked to write about different subjects and in different forms.

The writing should be done on lined paper in pencil if possible. Edit and check the work in pen. If you don’t have paper and pencil, use what you can. Even a computer.

Finding it difficult? What you can do to help:

  • Always sit/work in the same place
  • Always use the same writing tools
  • Always turn the TV off
  • No talking – it distracts thinking
  • Always listen to the same piece of classical music when writing.
  • Always set yourself a goal: count the number of words. Try to beat that number the following day.

Write-30 No.28

Clear glass mason jar

Potion Recipe.

Write a recipe to make a potion. Write the ingredients and how to make it. What will your potion do?

STUCK?   Try this story starter:
Recipe To Make Your Feet Smell of Flowers
Ingredients:
7 Lavender Plants
1 Jar of Vanilla Seeds
6 Tubes of Mint Toothpaste
1/2 Bottle of Bubble Bath…


What next?

DID YOU KNOW? There is a famous story about a potion recipe made by a boy for his grandma. It is called George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl.

Write 30

What is Write – 30?
Write – 30 is a daily activity where you write non-stop for twenty minutes then check and edit your work for 10 minutes. You will be asked to write about different subjects and in different forms.

The writing should be done on lined paper in pencil if possible. Edit and check the work in pen. If you don’t have paper and pencil, use what you can. Even a computer.

Finding it difficult? What you can do to help:

  • Always sit/work in the same place
  • Always use the same writing tools
  • Always turn the TV off
  • No talking – it distracts thinking
  • Always listen to the same piece of classical music when writing.
  • Always set yourself a goal: count the number of words. Try to beat that number the following day.

Write-30 No.26

Red and white fish in clear glass fish bowl

Flushed Away.

A pet fish is flushed down the toilet. But it is still alive. What happens next? What adventures does it have?

STUCK?   Try this story starter:
Timmy lay on his side in the goldfish bowl sleeping. Boy, was he tired. He just didn’t want to move. A great hand whisked him up into the air. Too frightened, Timmy stayed frozen to the spot.
“This fish is dead. Time for a fish funeral,” said a loud excited voice.
The next moment Timmy was falling in the air until he landed in some water with a plop. All around him the walls were white. The water suddenly began to swirl around faster and faster. Timmy wasn’t strong enough to fight against it.

What happens next?

What is Write – 30?
Write – 30 is a daily activity where you write non-stop for twenty minutes then check and edit your work for 10 minutes. You will be asked to write about different subjects and in different forms.

The writing should be done on lined paper in pencil if possible. Edit and check the work in pen. If you don’t have paper and pencil, use what you can. Even a computer.

Finding it difficult? What you can do to help:

  • Always sit/work in the same place
  • Always use the same writing tools
  • Always turn the TV off
  • No talking – it distracts thinking
  • Always listen to the same piece of classical music when writing.
  • Always set yourself a goal: count the number of words. Try to beat that number the following day.

Write-30 No.25

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Forest Danger.

A group of animals living in a forest learn that humans are going to chop it down to make way for houses. Their home will be destroyed. What do they do?

STUCK?   Try this story starter:
Yellow Tooth stood before the assembled cirle of animals. His wise eyes sad.
“I have grave news for you all. Little Hop of the rabbit clan heard the hairless apes talking. They speak of great metal monsters coming to our forest to rip down the trees. Our homes will be lost. What shall we do?”

What happens next?

DID YOU KNOW? There is a famous story about a group of rabbit that have to leave their home because of danger from humans. It is called Watership Down by Richard Adams.

What is Write – 30?
Write – 30 is a daily activity where you write non-stop for twenty minutes then check and edit your work for 10 minutes. You will be asked to write about different subjects and in different forms.

The writing should be done on lined paper in pencil if possible. Edit and check the work in pen. If you don’t have paper and pencil, use what you can. Even a computer.

Finding it difficult? What you can do to help:

  • Always sit/work in the same place
  • Always use the same writing tools
  • Always turn the TV off
  • No talking – it distracts thinking
  • Always listen to the same piece of classical music when writing.
  • Always set yourself a goal: count the number of words. Try to beat that number the following day.

Write-30 No.24

Red and yellow robot toy

Superhero.

Imagine someone with one or two amazing powers. What are they? But they must also have one or two weaknesses. What are those? Finally, who is the powerful enemy they have to defeat?

STUCK?   Try this story starter:
Starchild stood in the deserted street facing Stormblade. The sky over head crackled with electricity.
“You will never get away with this, Stormblade.”
“Why? Who is going to stop me?”
“I will.”

What happens next?

 

DID YOU KNOW? Stan Lee was a famous writer of the comic strips for Marvel comics? He often made appearances in the films as well as a joke.

 

 

What is Write – 30?
Write – 30 is a daily activity where you write non-stop for twenty minutes then check and edit your work for 10 minutes. You will be asked to write about different subjects and in different forms.

The writing should be done on lined paper in pencil if possible. Edit and check the work in pen. If you don’t have paper and pencil, use what you can. Even a computer.

Finding it difficult? What you can do to help:

  • Always sit/work in the same place
  • Always use the same writing tools
  • Always turn the TV off
  • No talking – it distracts thinking
  • Always listen to the same piece of classical music when writing.
  • Always set yourself a goal: count the number of words. Try to beat that number the following day.

Write-30 No.23

Clear hour glass on brown wooden table

Family Fortune.

Your family has suddenly imherited a load of money rom a strange long-lost uncle. But there is a catch. You also inherit something else and you have no choice but to keep it or you lose the money. What is it? A dangerous, mysterious animal? A haunted house? A letter containing a secret? A strange relative? 

STUCK?   Try this story starter:
Jamie sat next to the pile of money and looked down at the box. What else had their strange uncle given them? Jamie put the key into the lock and turned. The box popped open with a smell of time itself. Inside, wrapped in a soft purple cloth was a blue egg. A blue egg that glowed in the moonlight streaming through the window. An egg? Was that all? Surely nothing bad could come from an egg?

What happens next?

Write – 30?
Write – 30 is a daily activity where you write non-stop for twenty minutes then check and edit your work for 10 minutes. You will be asked to write about different subjects and in different forms.

The writing should be done on lined paper in pencil if possible. Edit and check the work in pen. If you don’t have paper and pencil, use what you can. Even a computer.

Finding it difficult? What you can do to help:

  • Always sit/work in the same place
  • Always use the same writing tools
  • Always turn the TV off
  • No talking – it distracts thinking
  • Always listen to the same piece of classical music when writing.
  • Always set yourself a goal: count the number of words. Try to beat that number the following day.