Ask me a question

My latest book is called Is This a Poem? published by Bloomsbury. It’s packed with every type of poem you’ve ever heard of (and a few you haven’t). It’s all about those poems that you’re not sure whether they are poems or not. From advertising jingles to football chants, and from free verse to rap. I’ve also included lots of tips to help you write poems of your own.

You can use the comments box below to ask me questions. They can be about Poetry Zone matters or general questions about writing poetry. I’ll do my best to answer them for you.

Roger Stevens

27 Responses to “Ask me a question”

  • Sally. K

    Hi Roger,
    Just asking, why don’t you accept over-sea entries? I wrote a poem, and my teacher said you cant do that. :)

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    • Roger Stevens

      Well, you can, Sally. We have lots of poems here from America, India… all over the place. You can enter our competition too. Poems do have to be in English though.

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  • Katie Clayton

    I love writing poetry. The things that inspire me are my surroundings and natural every day things. Could I ask you what inspires you to write?

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  • Roger Stevens

    A good question, Katie. I don’t know. It can be anything. Something I see. Something I hear. Something evokes a memory. One thing I do – and I’d advise every poet and writer to do – is to ALWAYS carry a notebook with you. You never know when inspiration will strike.

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  • Josh R.

    Hi Roger! I am starting to write poetry and I would like some tips on what I should do.

    P.S. Can you visit Gunton Primary Academy again? We would love it if you come again!

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  • Roger Stevens

    Hi Josh. I’d love to visit again. You’ll have to ask your teacher about that! If you go to “Teacher Zone” on the homepage and then click on “Model Poems” – you should find lots of great ideas for writing poems. I look forward to reading some new poems from you. Good luck.

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  • Brooke

    Hi Rodger it is Brooke from one of your workshops or Muddy as you called me just wondering if you would be able to give some top tips on writing poems thank you

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  • Roger Stevens

    Hi Brooke. Good to hear from you. The workshops was fun. Click on “Teacher Zone” in the menu, then click on Top Ten Tips for Writing Verse. That should give you some ideas.

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  • Chiamaka

    This book is absolutely hilarious. Why would you want tea with a rabbit.

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  • Roger Stevens

    Well, the rabbit might be your best friend. You might be a hedgehog for example.

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    • Abinaya

      hi rogers stevens,I was reading dork diaries
      what are you reading .your books is amazing.

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      • Roger Stevens

        John Dougherty books. Funny stories. Excellent poems. Check him out.

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    • Roger Stevens

      Well, it’s a big part of my life. I just enjoy being creative and writing. I write stories and songs as well. I keep a notebook, and I’m always thinking of things to write in it. Once you get started sometimes it’s hard to stop.

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    • Roger Stevens

      Hi Gregory. If you click on the Teacher Zone, then Model Poems – you’ll find lots of good ideas to help you write different kinds of poems. I hope you’ll send any new poems you write to The Poetry Zone.

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  • Ashni

    HI Roger, what made you want to become a poet? And could any one get into the business just like That???

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    • Roger Stevens

      At school I liked all things creative. Writing stories and poems, writing songs and playing in a band and painting. I was a teacher once upon a time and started writing poems for children and they became very popular and I started getting poems into anthologies. If you want to be a poet – start by making your own poetry books. Sell them, or give them, to friends and family. That’s how I began.

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