Ask the Poet
Have you ever wondered where poets write? Or what inspires them? Or what they do when they're not writing poems? Many of the poets featured in the Children's Archive are waiting to tell you the answers to these and many other of the most popular questions that children ask them. All you have to do is choose a poet, click on a question and they will start letting you in on the secrets of their writing lives. The interviews were mainly filmed in the poets' own homes, so you also get to see what their studies, kitchens and gardens are like, as well as hearing them read favourite poems. Some of the answers by the way are: my conservatory, a hut, on the bus, eavesdropping, staff rooms, my children, small objects I find, travelling, cooking and not hang-gliding over volcanoes!
An interview with Valerie BloomWatch the interview
For Valerie Bloom her conservatory is her study where she likes to grow poems. Join her in her green-fingered hideaway as she explains the roots of her inspiration!
- Watch the interview with Brian Moses
- Watch the interview with Wes Magee
- Watch the interview with Judith Nicholls
- Watch the interview with Allan Ahlberg
- Watch the interview with Andrew Fusek Peters - Children's Poems
- Watch the interview with James Berry - Children's Poems
- Watch the interview with Choman Hardi