THE REAL BATTLE - Roger Stevens. On the school field Or in the Olympic Stadium Your competitors smile While plotting to beat you But the real battle Is in your head. There are poems about winning, and about taking part; poems about having all the right kit, but no talent; poems that show that it if you are at school being the best egg and spoon racer really is as important to your mum and dad as being an Olympic athlete; poems about being a team player and poems about being an individual hero. In fact, this book is packed with sporting gems of all kinds.
Roger Stevens most recent books for children are The Comic Cafe (Frances Lincoln)- a novel for 9 plus year olds; What Rhymes With Sneeze (A&C Black)- poems all about rhyming - with some handy hints for writing rhyming poems at the back and Olympic Poems - 100% unofficial (Macmillan) (with Brian Moses). Other books include his solo collection for children - Beware! Low Flying Rabbits (Macmillan); The Jumble Book (Macmillan), an anthology compiled for Dyslexia Action; A Million Brilliant Poems (part one), an anthology for A&C Black and Does Your Face Fit, an anthology for the charity nasen (also A&C Black).
The Journal of Danny Chaucer, a verse novel for teenagers, was broadcast on BBC Radio 4. A Kindle edition will soon be available.
Roger's poetry books for adults include
Jazz in the Quiet Carriage
The Next Station is Barking
Searching for Blue Sea Glass
(all available on Kindle)
Why Don't We Do It in the Road (a novel for adults)
is also available on Kindle.
Roger composed the music for Floella Benjamin's Hey Diddle Diddle, for younger listeners, on Radio 7. He is currently working with The Poetry Society and Roehampton University on a pilot for introducing more poetry into the PGCE curriculum.
Roger also runs the Poetry Zone, a website for children and teachers www.poetryzone.co.uk