The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

How to Conjure a Poem in Eight Easy Steps

Listen to Julie Anna read her poem
1. Take a magical pen carved from the bark of the Everbronze Tree and forged in Phoenix flames.
2. Dip in the mystical ink of the deepest, darkest depths of the Octopus Ocean.
3. Weave invisible parchment from delicate threads of moon dust, sunbeams, snowflakes and unicorn tears.
4. Sprinkle with the essence of luck from the pot of gold at the end of a triple rainbow.
5. Travel by paper aeroplane to the lost island of Alonio and build yourself a writing hut from the leaves of the lesser-spotted Peek-a-Boo Plant.
6. Contemplate for a century, dream for a decade and wonder for a week.
7. Write in perfect time to the rhythm of a resting dragon’s heartbeat.
8. Wrap your completed poem in cloud-silk, spun by the seven silver, singing, sprite sisters of the southern skies and post to the universe on a first class shooting star.

About the Writer

Julie Anna Douglas

Julie has been writing poems for as long as she can remember and many of them have found homes is beautiful magazines like The Caterpillar, Ladybug and Spider and in poetry collections by The Emma Press and MacMillan Publishing. She particularly enjoys combining poetry and art in workshops for children and her first poetry collection 'Painting Poems' illustrated by Jools Wilson is full of colourful poetry and creative ideas. Her next book is full of poetry maps and will be out soon!