Great news for my fans! My books are now in a lot of your local libraries!
My books can also be found in Westminster Libraries, Newham Libraries (East Ham and Stratford) and soon Barking & Dagenham Libraries. Following the feedback from my fans, this is so everyone can read and re-read and recommend to their heart’s content. So read for free! Why not drop my a line here or a book review, or if you prefer pop to my Facebook page, or website. Have a great Summer!
Masters Degree Ceremony at Ely Cathedral
I am proud to tell you that I after three long years I completed and passed my MA in English Literature!
The ceremony was at the beautiful Open University venue of Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire – the cathedral is amazing and the grounds were magnificient – and to top it all off, it was a lovely, hot, sunny day!
I thank all my friends and family who helped me to attend and those also who supported me throughout the journey, and also all my students and fans who never let me forget my own catchphrase ‘If I can do it, anyone can!’- so I had to do it!
Life is a bed of roses – only roses do have thorns – you have to learn to lean on the people who love you, have faith and keep going, no matter how tough it gets.
Long awaited collection of poems for children which I am so pleased is finally finished! Here is one of my favourites that inspired the title:
Dragon on my shoulder
I need some coffee to start me on my day
Sugar sweet and thrice time stirred
My pet curled up within my hair
Breathes warm into my ear
It warms my neck
So close its gurgle no-one else can hear
Some take sandwiches, a bit of cold rice
Their tin of caffeine or a flagon of hot tea
But I am a smuggler of dreams into work
With my little pet dragon in my briefcase
And when the day is done
And the in-tray war is won
We will ride the metal dragon home
We’ll snuggle up in front of the magic box
…I’ll toss the corn kernels into the air
…and my pet dragon will make us popcorn
I was a guest speaker at Dagenham Library celebrating ALL WOMEN’S DAY where I read extracts from my books and talked about what inspired me to become an author. It was a wonderful day with so many astounding women talking about their various enterprises and achievements – in particular the esteemed lady Mayor of Barking and Dagenham herself Elizabeth Kangethe who was interested in ARTY TARDY! What an inspirational lady she is!
Today I visited Godwin Primary School in Dagenham
I met parents who are writing a book of short stories – messages for their children – my kind of stuff!
We talked about what inspires me, the challenges and fun of writing.
There were tears, laughter and hugs and plenty of refreshments! Thanks Alison!!!
Met so many wonderful members of staff – what a great school and I look forward to visiting again soon!
Thanks to everyone!
Can’t believe so many people have entered the competition already! Wow!
This is a collection of poems, short stories and a play called ‘East End Spices’
Why a whole page for children’s reviews? Well, children are the most honest of critics I have ever encountered. If something is rubbish they’ll tell you straight and if they love something you’ll get a resounding cheer – there’s no need to read between the lines with them!
Obviously as the author I like my book, after all I wrote it! But what I really want to know is whether I’ve hit the mark or not – Arty Tardy was written with primary school children in mind and I want to know whether the story had hit home with them. How do they feel about David? Do they understand his different perspective? Did the story touch them? Was it funny? What message did they get? Do they want more?
Also it still surprises me how much children like my poetry book – Angelic Poetry: Little Pills of Comfort. So I want to find out which poems they like best – because – here’s a little secret – I want to write another one just for them!
I value all the feedback I get and every day I am more and more humbled at the effect my writing has had on people of all ages – young and not so young.
Please feel free to have a look at the page – there is more on the way from local schools who are currently reading my books. I await with bated breath!
KITTY’S WEBSITE: http://www.kittyclairmont.com/index.asp?pageid=603505
On the 24th February I will visiting Godwin Primary School! They are a lovely school in Dagenham and I shall be primarily meeting parents who are writing a collaborative book with the school of short stories. I am really looking forward to it. I will be talking about what inspires me, the challenges and fun you can get get from writing as well as reading an extract or two from my books.
I have also been invited to visit their local library in March for International Women’s Day where they will be celebrating women authors! What an honour – thank you!
I was asked to design a workshop for KS1 incorporating my poems and an aspect of their curriculum so I decided to use my poem ‘Living Rainbow’ and tie it to Healthy Eating!
Glad to say it has been enthusiastically approved and I can’t wait for the event. It will rolled out to Early Years first and we are in the midst of sorting out all the technicalities such as what fruit and vegetables we are going to use and how we are going to tailor the workshop specifically to suit Reception.
I am very exited about our ‘Living Rainbow’ and can’t wait to make it as tasty as possible. I will post examples of their written work and pictures as the school has said that it will be fine with them.
I’ll keep you posted!!!