Children's Poems

An Invitation That Captured The Primary School Nation

Below is a selection of children's poems from past and present Eight Line Rhyme initiatives. To enlarge any of the poems larger simply click on them.

Poetry Initiative

A national initiative to help encourage and inspire children of primary school age to read and write.
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Events & Signings


June 28-30th - University Central Lancashire Science Festival - Workshops

June - 20th-23rd Blackburn Children's Reading Festival - Blackburn Cathedral 

2nd March - World Book Day, Doncaster School

1st March - World Book Day - Harrogate, Outlands Primary School

24th Feb - Between the Lines Literature Festival, Sheffield

1st February - Creative Resources Safeguarding Primary Children - Royal Armouries, Leeds


19th January - Marlow Primary School 

16th December - John Lewis, Leeds, Storytelling & Book Signing

16th-26th Nov -  Pop Up Bookshop, Coppergate Centre, York

14th Nov - Great British Entrepreneur Awards, Manchester 

14th Nov - Wakefield Independent School

13th Nov - Pedal for Pudsey BBC Lancashire with John Gillmore & Graham Livery

11th Nov - Firecracker, Barnardo's

10th Nov - BBC 5 Live

10th Nov - Speaking - Safeguarding Conference, West Yorks Playhouse

25th Oct - Library Opening Bradford

19th October Animation Launch - Sheffield Hallam University & NSPCC 

12th October BBC Lancs

11th October - Great Brit Entrepeneur Preliminary Event

5th Oct - NSPCC

30 September - Waterstones, Ipswich

29th September - Ipswich Prep School

28th September - National Poetry Day Springbank Primary, Farsley, Leeds

11th July  - Bradford Rhyme Challenge Awards - Bradford City Council

23 June - Riverside Primary, Tadcaster

8th June - Platt Bridge Primary 

7th June - BBC Lancashire Interview

1st June - Podcast with David Niven

23rd May Peoples Book Prize Final - Triangular Trev and the Shape Idols

12th May - YWOA  - Sue Ryder Leeds Royal Armouries

11th May - Safeguarding Conference  - Manchester


24-30 April - United Arab Emirates, Sharjah Children's Reading Festival - Workshops

20th April - Sacred Heart School, Leeds - Poetry Workshops

28th March - Sheffield School - Storytelling & Poetry Workshops

23rd- 25th March - Selby District Children's Reading Festival 

8th March - Theatre event 400 Children - Children's University for Hull City Culture

7th March  - Northern Power Women Awards - Manchester Shotlisted 'Person with a Purpose'

2nd March - Wetherby School London 

1st March -  Storytelling St Antonys Catholic Primary School London

28th February - Betty Layward School London 

25th February - WHSmith Sheffied Meadowhall - Booksigning

16th February - World Read Aloud Day - The Olive Tree School, Bolton, Lancashire 

11th & 12th January - Poetry Workshops with Children's University  - Hull City of Culture

9th January - Poetry Initiative Launch -


3rd December - Selby WHSmith, Book signing

26th November - Doncaster WHSmith, Book signing

19th November - Beverley WHSmith, Book signing

30th October - Sheffield 10k for ChildLine NSPCC

29th October - WHSmith Halifax, Book signing

28th October - Waterstones Wakefield

27th October Waterstones York, Storytelling and Book signing Triangular Trev and the Shape Idols

26th October Selby Library, Storytelling & Book signing

25th October - Sherburn Library, Storytelling & Book signing

22nd October - WHSmith Sheffield Meadowhall - Book Launch. Triangular Trev and the Shape idols

6th October - World Poetry Day  - Fairburn School

21st September - Soroptomists Visit

26 August - Children's University

19th August - Storytelling & Book signing North Leeds Food Festival, Roundhay Park

1st August - Sheffield Hallam

14th July - Sheffield Hallam

12th July - Peoples Book Prize with

6th July - School Visit Worcester & BBC Hereford & Worcester

3rd July - Exhibition of Children's Poetry, Samlesbury Hall, Lancashire

2nd July - Guest of University College Lancashire - Science Festival

30 June - BBC Lancashire with John Gillmore

27 June - School Visit, Cleckheaton

28th May - Pop-up Shop, St Georges Centre, Preston, Lancashire - Storytelling & Poetry University College Lancashire

20th May - Yorkshire Women of Achievement Awards