Saturday 29 September 10-10.50am
Sally Crabtree was once a world class gymnast and since then has been turning the literary world upside down with her cartwheeling poems and colourful, quirky performances and installations such as the 'Poetree and Poetry Postie' - where she delivers poetic inspiration to the Nation! Come and help write a song book, discover how to make word birds and create your very own edible poem.
Sally Crabtree started out as a gymnast. At the age of 14 she won a scholarship to train in Russia and went on to become the youngest ever member of the GB Women’s gymnastics team. Since then she has been turning the literary world upside down with her cartwheeling poems and colourful, quirky performances.
It is her originality and creativity that makes her stand out in the world of words (the Greek word for poetry is “one who creates“ and she has been described as “One of Britain’s richest inventions” (Lars Gustafsson nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature) and “Exhilarating!“ (BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour.)
As well as books, Sally loves creating interactive poetic installations such as the Phone a Poem phone box, Poetry Postie, Poems in a Tin, I’ll Eat My Words edible poetry and her copper Poetree which began life when she decided to hang some poems on a tree and busk, singing, wearing stilts and doing handstands in the splits.
She has been invited to prestigious poetry festivals worldwide and as a visiting author with Authors Abroad has visited places as far afield as Borneo and China. One of her best selling picture book/CD’s - The Magic Train Ride - is used to teach across the curriculum for early years learning and she is at the helm of the poetic installation events and work for young people at Cornwall's Sea Salts and Sail festival. She is also an official ambassador for National Poetry Day.
Her book Funny Fleas and Splashy Seas is a firm favourite with children – especially the interactive song it inspires that can lead to the head of the school ending up in a tree!
Find out more at sallycrabtree.co.uk
One of Sally's best selling picture books The Magic Train Ride is used to teach across the curriculum for early years learning.