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AUB's James Cole explores monsters, magic and fantasy with children's poem-a-day


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Bournemouth-based author Dr James Cole is asking primary school children and parents to get involved in Monster May, a series of online poetry activities designed to help inspire young people while they are studying at home.

The published author and academic, who is Course Leader of the Creative Writing degree programme at AUB, has launched the activities in a bid to see young people continue to develop imaginative and creative skills throughout the pandemic.

This month, Dr Cole will be recording his poems and releasing them through his social media, asking children to get involved and join in with mini writing activities around the theme of monsters, magic and fantasy.

Dr Cole said: “Throughout lockdown, I've been challenging myself to write a children's poem every day on the theme of all things monstrous and fantastical; hear the real story of Jack and the Beanstalk, find out what goes down at the Monster’s Ball, and discover how to make your own Monster Potion. Meet a gnome that lives in your fridge, the poltergeist that causes mischief, and the Phoenix that can’t stop bursting into flame!

“I'll be recording the poems and releasing one a day on social media throughout May, alongside some mini writing prompts to help inspire your little monsters to write whilst they're off school.

He added: “Hopefully the poems are a bit of light-hearted fun and escapism, expect Pixie Poo and Goblin Goo, so if you have children, grand-children, nieces, nephews, brothers, or sisters, please do share with them and let their inner creative monster shine! The target age is primary school children, but anyone aged seven upwards can get involved!”

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