This is a little website where I, A.F. Harrold an English poet, writer and performer (who does things that aren't always entirely normal), show off the things I've made for younger readers, listeners and lookers.
Illustration of AFH as a book gnome and The Imaginary book cover by Emily Gravett; photos of AFH (above and below) by Naomi Woddis; Fizzlebert Stump book covers by Sarah Horne; The Song From Somewhere Else cover by Levi Pinfold
I am A.F. Harrold. How do you do?
I like holding pens. I like resting my hands on a keyboard and I hate blank paper. I like the nice feeling of stopping writing at the end. And the cups of tea. And the baths.
I might. Why not get your teacher or librarian or nearest grown up to ask me?
I do indeed. You can find my grownup site here: www.afharrold.com. If you aren't grownup you might want to go there anyway... but there are no sealions (and occasionally an adult(ish) theme).
I sometimes visit schools to perform poetry, show off and run poetry workshops.
Typically I start the day with a whole school assembly and then follow that with four hour-ish sessions with Key Stage 2 classes, talking poetry and helping them make some poems of their own. I'm very happy also to talk about any of my books they may have been reading and answer kids questions (to the best of my ability).
A day visit costs £450, plus travel and accommodation (when necessary - I travel by train from near Reading).
(Here I am (above) getting some young people to give me ideas I can steal to use in new poems.
(In a photograph taken by Mr Field at Tudor Hall School, near Banbury.))
If this sounds interesting (and you are a teacher or librarian) click here to contact me and we can look at dates...