POEM OF THE MONTH - Warrior King

I’m the Warrior King of the garden​.
I’m a revolutionary​,
with my gun and my axe and my    

   telescope​,

and my lookout in the tree.

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I’m the Warrior King of the garden​.
I’m a soldier, a fighter, a winner​.
I don’t take orders from anyone...
until mum calls me in for dinner.

 

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click here to read an interview with me

 

click here to look at some work I produced when I was at primary school!

challenge: I have hidden a penguin somewhere on this website. Can you find it?

My name is Joshua Seigal. I am highly acclaimed professional poet, performer and educator who uses poetry to develop literacy skills and inspire confidence and creativity in communication. I have worked in hundreds of schools, nurseries, libraries, theatres and festivals around the world, and have books published by Bloomsbury and other major publishers. I hope you enjoy having a look around my website. (If you are viewing on a newfangled 'mobile device' the site may look a little wonky. Please contain your excitement until you reach a more traditional computer.)

 

"Very imaginative and wonderful"

The Sunday Times

"Your session was brilliant. Thank you so much" Mary Myatt - Ofsted Lead Inspector

"Magic" Michael Rosen

"A witty genius" Scholastic

What's News?

Poetry Books Published by Bloomsbury to Critical Acclaim

All my books have been receiving some wonderful reviews. My bookhave received the following accolades:

  • I Don't Like Poetry: Primary Teacher Awards (2017) - Silver; North Somerset Teachers' Book Award (2017) - Longlisted; Laugh Out Loud Award (2017) - Shortlisted; Featured in Premier League Primary Stars campaign; The Week Junior 'Book of the Week'; Leicester 'Our Best Book' Awards (2019) - Shortlisted

  • Little Lemur Laughing: North Somerset Teachers' Book Award (2018) - Longlisted; 2018 Book Trust 'Letterbox Club Pick'

  • I Bet I Can Make You Laugh: selected for Book Trust 'Great Books Guide' 2018; Laugh Out Loud Award (2020) - Shortlisted

  • Morris Wants More (Flying Eye): Storytime Magazine 'Book of the Month'

Two new books are forthcoming in 2020 and 2021!

Children's Poetry Show Receives Rave Reviews

My children's poetry show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe received lots of rave reviews. You can read a couple here and here. I continue regularly to tour versions of it around schools, theatres and festivals, including the prestigious Edinburgh Book Festival. 

Official National Poetry Day Ambassador

I was honoured to have been chosen, along with various other fabulous poets, to be an official National Poetry Day Ambassador (since 2016). This involves visiting various schools and spreading the poetry love!

Poet In Residence

I have an MA in Writing/Education, and undertake lots of long-term work with various schools. Recent or current positions include: Spoken Word Educator at Plashet School, London (2014-17), Poet in Residence at Beatrix Potter Primary School, London (2015/16), Regents High School (2018), E-ACT Academies chain (2018-19), Somerset Literary Network (2019-20) Patron of Reading at Fleetville Infant School, Herts (since 2014), Stalham High School, Norfolk (2014-17), St Mary's Catholic Primary, Uxbridge (since 2018), Hallsville Primary School, Newham (since 2018), John Wycliffe School, Leicestershire (since 2018), Bursted Wood Primary, Bexleyheath (since 2018)

My Students Win Poetry Awards

Many students with whom I have worked have gone on to win competitions with their poems. For example: