“I love to try to bring a note of mystery to everyday happenings.”
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About Judith Nicholls
Sandcastles washed away by the sea, a child wondering about Dad’s bald head, a disastrous picnic. Here are scenes from real life you will certainly recognise. But in Judith Nicholls’ poems, they are turned into myths and mysteries, grand stories, amusing songs or epic tales.
On the other hand, she takes the mighty Roman empire – and packs it up into 40 words!
Judith reads her poems in a slow, thoughtful way. If you listen to ‘Winter’, you can hear how she allows the music of each word to sound fully.
Judith makes use of traditional poetic forms, including ballad and riddle. Some of the poems have a refrain which makes them sound rather like a song.
At the age of seven, Judith Nicholls wrote her first poem, which was inspired by a Winnie the Pooh story. As a shy teenager, she found writing things down easier than talking. Her first job was working for a magazine, and then she became a teacher.
She has published over 50 books of children’s poetry and appeared on radio and television.
Judith likes to starts her poems off by writing on green paper with a 2B pencil.
Judith's recording was made on 9 May 2003 at The Audio Workshop, London and was produced by Richard Carrington.
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Access All Arts 2022 Collection
Enjoy this poetry pathway which is brought to you as part of Sky Arts - Access All Arts week.
Science and inventions
Explore the power of science, creativity and invention in this selection of poems.
Under the Sea
A collection of poems from the deep blue.
Critters and Creatures
These poems are all about animals. From cute and cuddly cats, to crick crack crocodiles.
An Interview with Judith Nicholls
Acclaimed children's poet, Judith Nicholls shows us round what her family have ...
Caliban's Cave, Collins Educational, 2011
The Crawly Caterpillar, Little Scholastic, 2008
The Noisy Egg, Little Scholastic, 2007
The Tiny Tadpole, Little Scholastic, 2007
The Sun In Me (editor), Barefoot Books, 2003
Billywise, Bloomsbury, 2002
The Earth Does Not Belong to Man (editor), Longman, 2000
Someone I Like (editor), Barefoot Books , 2000
Searcher: An Almost A-Z of Poems, The Hobnob Press, 2022