Copyrightfrom Here Comes the Poetry Man (Salt, 2011), © Fred Sedgwick 2011, used by permission of the author
Fred Sedgwick writes thoughtful, funny poetry for children, taking in as he does so a wide range of subjects and locations. Some of these are familiar, observed close to home: a family are seen moving house, packing up their many musical instruments; the poet encounters a fox at night. Others are farther-flung, bringing stories from the Ark, Helen Keller, an old family photograph from 1914; bringing these stories to nudge up against poems of the school playground, the garden and the street. Freds work has appeared in many poetry anthologies for children, including The Works and Read Me and Laugh, and his collection The Poetry Man was shortlisted for a CLPE Award in 2012. He has also published three collections of poetry for adults. Fred was born in Ireland and grew up in London.