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Name: Josie Whitehead
Website Address: http://www.josiespoems.webeden.co.uk/
I've been a member of Skype an Author for some years now. I am a children's poet who writes for every age group (including adults) but especially for children. My main mission is to delight children with my poems and also to provide poetry which will of of great value to teachers in their classrooms. I write most of my poems with rhyme and with metre/rhythm and lots of stories. I am fully aware that rhyming and rhythmic poetry is so important to younger children because it helps them to develop phonological awareness, a key literacy tool. It is also lends itself beautifully as performance poetry.
I started writing only five years ago, greatly encouraged by children in my local primary school whom I visited weekly. I used to write a poem for them for three weeks and did this over four years. The children, in my second year, asked me to make an internet website and put my poems onto it so that they could read them at home after school. I was unknown to the world outside of this classroom as a poet at this time and today (three and a half years later), more than 560,000 visitors have been to my website and the poems went into 188 countries of the world last year. 602,000 pages were visited.
I have now written 900 new poems and have five websites. The main one you can visit on the above link, or by just Googling JOSIE'S POEMS. Many of my poems have been chosen by teachers all across the county of West Yorkshire, where I live (in the north of England), for publication. I have, to date, 13 books of my own poems which have the trademark JOSIE'S POEMS on each book. You can also visit my Facebook Page (JOSIE'S POEMS), and I'd be so glad to meet you there.
I often do skype visits to classrooms and it is great to meet children who have been enjoying my poems. I have been a teacher all my working life and I much prefer skype visits to classrooms, for a short half-hour visit, than having to travel in person to classrooms by car. My visits are not expensive (£40 including a ten minute test-run and briefing with the teacher before the visit) and at this low cost, it means that teachers often ask me to do a series of visits to their classroom each term.
If you go to my website, to the Web Index, rather than the Poetry Index, you will see a series of articles to help teachers to understand how rhythm is made, because I always feel rather sad that teachers are only teaching their children to write prose split into small lines, rather than encouraging them to write with rhythm in their writing. It isn't difficult. I would be glad to come to your classrooms and help with this. Children find it so much fun.
I hope that some of you may invite me to your classrooms. If you go to my website you can easily see how to book a visit with payment via paypal and then a date arranged. I look forward to meeting you all. Josie
Latest page update: Oct 21 2012, 3:03 AM EDT