Niamh Clune

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Wednesday Poetry Corner: Calling All Poets and Artists!

Mother_and_Child,_1912 Henry Essenhigh Corke (1883-1919)April has been declared International poetry month. My friends over on the Bardo Group are celebrating with all things poetry. Plum Tree Books will participate in this by publishing a new anthology of poetry.

And because we love all things children and all things poetry, I would like to bring together two marvellous themes: International poetry month with the recent celebration of Mother’s Day. Our anthology will celebrate all things MOTHER! Would you like to write a poem for your mother? Are you a mother who would love to encapsulate the experience of mothering? Would you love to write a poem for your child that will live forever? Or maybe, you are a child who would love to send in a poem about your mother?

This anthology will celebrate the essence of mothering. Send in an image to accompany your work, if possible…(details below)

I am also calling on artists and illustrators who would like to participate by helping us to illustrate this anthology with original work. All copyright and acknowledgement will, of course, be accredited to all contributors. Submission automatically licences Plum Tree Books to publish your work for the sole purpose of this publication only, but you always own your copyright.

We will also promote you!

Please submit your contributions to:

This anthology will be published as an e-book first. Proceeds of sales will go towards seeing your work in print. This will make a wonderful coffee table gift, or to use for self-promotion.

Encourage your children to participate and send in their drawings too!I will also be looking for the perfect image for the book cover.

All submitted images should have full copyright permission and be in high resolution (At least 300 dpi’s). Images should be scanned.

Submissions by June 5th

Publication as e-book by July 5th

Help us make this a thing of beauty and a joy forever!

Best, Niamh Clune

About Dr Niamh

When I was a little girl (a very, very long time ago), I used to love learning new, really big words like ‘discombobulate’. As I grew, my love of words grew too, until I loved them so much, I could not stop writing them down. One day, as I was scribbling a particular word, a very peculiar thing happened. The word shouted at me, “Stop! Don’t put me there!” As you can imagine, I was shocked and nearly fell off my chair. When I recovered somewhat, I said to the word, “Could you stop shouting, please? I am not used to it.” Can you guess what happened next? No! I thought not. The word said, “I might be small, but I will misbehave if you do not use me properly. I will not tell the story you would like me to tell. I will say something entirely different!” I dropped my pen. I hoped that by dropping my pen, the word would stop talking. Alas! It did not. It carried on chitterchobbling, even after the ink had dried. I was in a pickle. I could not allow my words to run away with my story, now could I? I don’t know about you, but when this sort of thing happens, there is only one thing left to do if you prefer not to spend your time arguing. “Very well,” said I. “I will do as you ask if you will just be quiet and allow me to concentrate.” Since that day, I have been paying special attention to every word I invite into my stories. After all, a story should say exactly what it means to say and not be led astray. With love from Dr. Niamh, Ph.D in Learning Through The Imagination and Founder of Dr Niamh Children's Books.

13 comments on “Wednesday Poetry Corner: Calling All Poets and Artists!

  1. Patricia Tilton
    April 2, 2014

    Lovely idea! Your poem about your mother was of great inspiration for poets. I wish I was a poet.


    • ontheplumtree
      April 2, 2014

      Patricia, perhaps you might let others know through your blog. I would LOVE some children to make contributions, and I love their art, also.


  2. nativemericangirl
    April 2, 2014

    Awesome Niamh 😀 ❤ I'll have something soon 😉 ❤ Gracias y Best of Blessings.

    De Ann/Native


  3. thiskidreviewsbooks
    April 2, 2014

    I want to do this! 😀


  4. drpendyala2005
    April 3, 2014

    great idea…!!


  5. drpendyala2005
    April 3, 2014

    BTW, in spite of having so many people in this world, mother is always considered to be the best…


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