Poet superstar Melinda Smith launched The Loyalty of Chickens at the 2017 Newcastle Writers Festival.
I was very pleased when Jenny asked me to be her launcher because there is something about the sensibility in her poems I have always enjoyed. The way they connect everyday life with dreams, nightmares, myths and the mystical, while maintaining a light touch and a sense of fun. Also, cats. And palaeontology. And geekdom - there is at least one Star Trek and one Lorg of the Rings reference...
I write for children as well as adults, and the appeal of my poems often spans wide age groups; some poems that were originally published in journals such as Westerly and Quadrant have been reprinted in the School Magazine.
I worked with Pitt Street Poetry to ensure that The Loyalty of Chickens would be older-child-friendly, as well as working for adults. All the poems are suitable for people from eleven to eleventy-one.
The Loyalty of Chickens is available directly from Pitt Street Poetry, and from MacLean's Booksellers in Hamilton. Libraries and schools can order it from James Bennett Library Suppliers.