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Journal

Hand-written letter from Sir David Attenborough

Hand-written letter from Sir David Attenborough 10/04/2014

It was lovely to receive a hand-written letter from Sir David Attenborough in his no doubt very busy schedule, thanking me for the 'A Fishy Coat Tale And Other Poems' book and a view of my new nonsense verse specially written for Edward Lear, a poetry collection that is due to be published in 2014.



Southbank centre ~ 15th February 2014

Southbank centre ~ 15th February 2014 06/02/2014

http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/imagine-scratch-mixer-80146   Delighted to say I will be performing a poetry showcase to an audience of under 12's and their families here at Southbank Centre on 15th February 2014



Ashmolean Museum ~ 'Two Bream And A Ray' 28/01/2014

Thanks to all who came along to the poetry tours including our regulars, first-time visitors, and to Cheryl, our tour guide for the day.  We had good size audiences and lots of positive feedback on the wide range of poems and subject matter.



Ashmolean poetry in the galleries 18/01/2014

   Next poetry tour is on Saturday 25th January  12:30 to 1:30 and 2:30 to 3:30.  
   I will be performing Two Bream and a Ray based on a Roman fish plate.



Flamingo goes to Lincolnshire 12/01/2014

A little bird tells me....  as a result of the performance at Ashmolean, Flamingo Calypso was introduced to children at a school in Moreton, Lincolnshire.



Ashmolean Poetry Tour

Ashmolean Poetry Tour 07/12/2013

The Greater Flamingo slipped out of his aviary (Jameel Centre) for a performance of 'Flamingo Calypso'. Thanks to the visitors who came along specially (on a busy Christmas shopping day), and who were great sports and joined in with the 'song and dance'.



Ashmolean Museum ~ poetry in the galleries 18/11/2013

Next poetry readings in the galleries are on December 7th.



Flamingo Calypso at Wantage Literary Festival

Flamingo Calypso at Wantage Literary Festival 17/11/2013

Event date: 24th October 2013

It was lovely to meet Teachers and Class 2 children from Wantage Primary School and Charlton Primary School.  Children participated in singing, dancing and mimicking animal noises. The two schools were the first to try out my newly created FLAMINGO CALYPSO poem/song which I wrote specially for the event.

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Wantage Literary Festival 2013 15/10/2013

 Wantage Literary Festival is fast approaching.  Here is a link which you may like to explore.  http://www.wantagebetjeman.com/store/ I will be doing a poetry event for 120 children.



Ashmolean Museum ~ Henry VIII and his six wives

Ashmolean Museum ~ Henry VIII and his six wives 05/10/2013

POETRY AT THE MUSEUM.  It is good to receive feedback - especially when it is positive!  A number of visitors came up to thank me after my 'brief poetic overview' of Henry and his wives.  It was my first attempt at seven different voices...!  Thanks also to John,  for taking the time to drop me a line to show his appreciation.



Waterstones, Oxford

Waterstones, Oxford 25/09/2013

A Fishy Coat Tale And Other Poems is available in Waterstones, Oxford.



A Fishy Coat Tale - my first photoshoot

A Fishy Coat Tale - my first photoshoot 17/07/2013

  Greetings from:  Gregory Goldfish, Oscar the Octopus, Sylvester Stingray



Alice's Day Oxford Central Library

Alice's Day Oxford Central Library 24/06/2013

Alice's Day is on 6th July in Oxford Central Library.  Here you will be able to see Greg Goldfish, Sylvester Stingray and Oscar Octopus make their first appearance as part of the 'Fun With Nonsense Poems' event hosted by Diana Moore, from 10:30 until 11:15 a.m.



Meet Gregory and Sylvester...

Meet Gregory and Sylvester... 23/06/2013

 Meet Gregory Goldfish and Sylvester Stingray - these fantastic puppets have been made by the talented Helen Vallis of Lydia Designs.  http://www.lydia-designs.co.uk/  Helen (pictured to the right) is currently working on the next fishy coat tale puppet: Oscar Octopus, the friendly (part-time) cloakroom attendant to fellow fish in A FISHY COAT TALE AND OTHER POEMS.



Pan Listening to Echo ~ Ashmolean poetry tour 15/06/2013



Ashmolean poetry in the galleries

Ashmolean poetry in the galleries 15/05/2013

My latest poem:  'I've Got The Silver-Finned Blues' was written in response to the wonderful painting by Bicci di Lorenzo of St Nicholas of Bari Banishing a storm.  I decided to give the mermaid a voice (she is swimming out of the picture - I will try to adjust this image to at least show her here....!) and my poem became a lyric which I sang (in parts) to the large swell of people gathered in  the Italian Renaissance gallery, and I really appreciated the applause.



Writers In Oxford 25/04/2013

I attended an interesting talk by the writer Joanna Kenrick (aka Jo Cotterill), an energetic and lively-minded author of many children's and teenage books.  Joanna gave a talk on setting up a multi-author blog and how to run a targeted marketing campaign online, along with many other useful tips to writers of all genres.



Oxford Literary Festival in the snow 17/03/2013

   Two trips to two enjoyable events:  Roger McGough's Imaginary Menagerie and, later in the week, Julia Donaldson's stories and
   songs at the Sheldonian.



Little Milton Primary School 06/03/2013

 A moment to remember: primary school children queuing for my autograph after a recent fun and humorous poetry session.  Sweet.



Blackwell's Bookshop

Blackwell's Bookshop 05/02/2013

Blackwell's Bookshop are now stocking A Fishy Coat Tale And Other Poems, also Waterperry Gardens, (they do good cakes and books! Oh! and nice plants, and a gallery shop, and right now... snowdrops!) Gardeners Books, also Oxfordshire libraries, in addition to Cole's Book Store in Bicester, The Bookhouse, Summertown, The Bookstore in Abingdon, Wallingford Bookshop, and more.... P.S. If ordering directly from me as a gift and you would like a greeting/name included, please let me know when you order, thanks.



BBC Radio Oxford interview Diana Moore 30/01/2013

Had a live interview with Sybil Ruscoe today and she was very taken with my book A FISHY COAT TALE AND OTHER POEMS, likening it to a book of modern day nursery rhymes.  Good to know both adults and children can enjoy the book. Sybil enjoyed Molly the Dog and the humour of the dog's reply - this poem was written as a 'get well' greeting for a local collie dog whose walkies were curtailed when she had a sore paw.  My son Nicholas, graphic designer and illustrator (web designer too), came on air to talk about his favourite illustration, which was Horsewife.  With so many cookery programmes on TV right now, 'Hilary Horsewife' is very contemporary with her pinny and tray of flapjacks...!   I read several of the poems and added animal voices, so, when the presenter chose Mary Had A Mobile Phone, I included a short burst (just a few baaaaas) of the jazz number 'Tequila' for the singing baaaaaa lambs.  Now looking for a big rush of book orders.  See next note for update on book stockists.  I read several of the poems on air and added animal voices, so that, when the presenter chose 'Mary Had A Mobile Phone', I included short burst (just a few baaaaaas) of the jazz number 'Tequila' for the singing and dancing baaaaa lambs which added a playful note.  Part of the fun of the poems is that they can be taken off the page and acted out in many ways.  See next note for the latest update on stockists.



Meet Polly P-solly from family Psittacidae

Meet Polly P-solly from family Psittacidae 18/11/2012

Enjoyed performing poetry in the Edward Lear Exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum.  Good audience response and they joined in with the 'Lear Rap' chorus.

I did a spontaneous 'hop along the gallery' as Edward Lear had wanted to do all those years ago.



Ashmolean Museum Gallery Performances 17th Nov

Ashmolean Museum Gallery Performances 17th Nov 12/11/2012

Happy Birthday Edward Lear. I am looking forward to performing poetry in the Lear Exhibition on 17th November.  Diana Moore

The following Blogspot link, written by Nick Owen, includes a write-up from a recent Gallery Performance as well as an upcoming workshop on creating poetry and pictures.

http://poetryandpicturesatthemuseum.blogspot.co.uk/



Story Museum ~ Runcible Rhymes Family Event

Story Museum ~ Runcible Rhymes Family Event 26/10/2012

Countdown to the families events at Ashmolean and Story Museum.

Join us for crafts, songs and story fun inspired by Edward Lear, nonsense poet.  Celebrate Lear's 200th birthday with special guest children's writer Diana Moore.
Story Museum ~ 2-4 p.m. on Friday 2nd November 2012
To book call:  01865 790050 or email:  tickets@storymuseum.org.uk



Ashmolean Museum  ~ Runcible Rhymes

Ashmolean Museum ~ Runcible Rhymes 25/10/2012

HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS
Join in this celebration of Edward Lear's nonsense poetry with nutty but nice things to see, make and do. 
The event is on Wed 31st Oct & Thurs 1st Nov from 1 - 4 p.m.
On Friday 2nd November, 11 - 1 p.m., we will be joined by children's author Diana Moore, with a special event taknig place at the Story Museum from 2 - 4 p.m.



St Andrew's School Headington 04/10/2012

Enjoyed a session with year 5's on Edward Lear.  Teacher gave me good marks for content, presentation, interaction with children and engagement with the activities and the children had fun testing out a brand new song and dance as well as acting out a couple of limericks and writing their own nonsense verse which they shared with the class.



Ashmolean ~ Edward Lear Exhibition

Ashmolean ~ Edward Lear Exhibition 25/09/2012

Gallery Performance 3rd November ASHMO-LEAR-EAN  Looking forward to performing a verse or two in celebration of Edward Lear's bicentenary.
Also performing poems in the October half-term 'Holiday Happenings' event for families.  Runcible Rhymes.  And onto the Story Museum for an afternoon session.

http://poetryandpicturesatthemuseum.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/profile-diana-moore.html



Fish and stilts aka the Fizzgiggious Fish who...

Fish and stilts aka the Fizzgiggious Fish who... 06/08/2012

...always walked upon stilts because he had no legs.  Edward Lear created several alphabets:  'This ALPHABET was made for DAISY and ARTHUR TERRY at LA CERTOSA DEI PESIO by their ADOPTY DUNCLE Edward Lear, August 31st,1870.'



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