About the poet
An award-winning children’s poet, guitarist and writer-in-schools, James Carter lives with his...
What Did You Do at School Today?
Well, nothing much.
You did nothing much all day long?
Well . . . alright Mum, if you really want to know,
I had 4 lessons
and 45 minutes of playtime
in which I went around with 3 friends.
For lunch I had 22 baked beans,
2 1/2 fishfingers, a 1/4 of a bread roll
and 1 banana.
I fed Nibbles, the class hamster,
2 sunflower seeds.
I wrote 1 poem.
I got 7/10 for a spelling test.
I did 16 fairly tricky maths questions.
And…I learnt 5 very interesting things
about the Ancient Egyptians, including
how they used to remove the brains
of their dead with a hook - MUM…
DO YOU EVER LISTEN TO A WORD I SAY?
Oh sorry darling, what was that?
I said I removed my teacher’s brain today!
What? Oh well done, you!
What would you like for tea?
from Journey To The Centre Of My Brain! (Macmillan, 2012), © James Carter 2012, used by permission of the author and the publisher
James Carter Reading from his Poems