Valerie Bloom - 10 May 2006
I spend a lot of time going into schools to give readings and run writing workshops and later on I will invite you join me for a week of school visits on this site. I enjoy the interaction with students and teachers and for me the visits are very rewarding.
Unfortunately, when I was young we didn't have
writers visiting our school, but there are a few writers I'd have loved to talk with face to face.
One question I get asked frequently is 'Who is your favourite poet?' It's difficult to choose one because there are so many poets I admire, and some favourite poems may not necessarily be written by a favourite poet. But if I had to choose a couple of poets who are no longer with us, for the poets Hall of Fame, I'd plump for Robert Frost and Charles Causley. My favourite poem by Robert Frost is 'The Road Not Taken', and if you type it into a search engine you can read it online. Go to 'Poets' and listen to Charles Causley read 'Timothy Winters' (and other poems) on the Poetry Archive website.
So how about you? What do you think of poets coming into your school? And if you had to choose two to talk to who are no longer alive, who would they be? And what question would you ask them?