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Past event

Rachel Rooney Performance

How did it go?

The last week of the 2021 Bookshow programme started with a morning of perfect poetry with Rachel Rooney at the Floral Pavilion theatre in the Wirral. Rachel captivated the audience with her engaging and interactive performance. Rachel told the children how she became a poet, how she finds her inspiration and how she gets unstuck when she's working on a particularly tricky poem by walking her dogs, Woody and Buzz! Rachel performed lots of poems from the whole range of her books, but a highlight was the hilarious My Life as a Goldfish, which involved several children volunteers on stage taking the role of plant pot, TV and bookshelf, as well as a very game teacher who swam around in the part of the ill-fated goldfish!

After a very interesting Q&A session, Rachel finished the hour long show by donning a very special costume and reciting the poem from the extremely erudite and well-educated school hamster (as seen in A Kid in My Class)! Free copies of A Kid in My Class were given to all the children attending. Thanks to everyone who came to make it such a special event!

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FREE copy of *A Kid in My Class* for every child attending this performance! cover

FREE copy of A Kid in My Class for every child attending this performance!

Floral Pavilion, Marine Promenade, New Brighton, Wallasey CH45 2JS
Monday 15th November
10:30 am
Approx. 1 hour
Age range:
years 4, 5 and 6

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Rachel Rooney

Rachel Rooney was born in London, the fifth of six children and now lives in Brighton, Sussex. She works as a special needs teacher, along with visiting schools for poetry workshops.

She has published two poetry collections for older children, The Language of Cat which won the 2012 CLPE Poetry Award, and My Life As a Goldfish. Her most recent book of poems, A Kid in my Class, is illustrated by former Children’s Laureate, Chris Riddell.

Praise for The Language of Cat

Rachel Rooney's poetry collection for children is a well-crafted, stimulating and un-patronising box of delights, always accessible and constantly inventive.

Carol Ann Duffy

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