Derbyshire Poet Laureate/ and Nonsense Olympics

2 top news items for me are – from October 2011 to September 2013 I am Derbyshire Poet  Laureate. Yippee! Derbyshire poems are emerging fast. I am keeping a poet laureate blog, so for news for the next 2 years please visit www.derbyshirepoetlaureate.blogspot.com. This blog will also include the Diary of Julian Durble, an everyday poet.

Second main news item is that I have a pre-Xmas publication now available. This is The Nonsense Olympics (Upside Down Books), which is a tribute to Edward Lear (1812-1888) for his bicentenary. It’s for adults and children and includes the backwards race, high-jumping camels, the ancient Worcestershire sport of Shniblobs, how to be good at sports by relaxing, pig-tig etc. and has fabulous illustrations by Jackie Prachek. Our motto: “Lie down and enjoy the Olympics.” To buy copies, or for more information, go to www.matt-black.co.uk/publications. This is the illustration for “dodo pogo” from Animal Olympics no. 3.

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