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Ian Bland poet Wednesday 22nd April 2015 working in school ending with performance poetry assembly for the parents and carers

All the children from early years to Year 2 got the opportunity to listen, write and perform their own poetry with Ian Bland in front of their parents and carers in the afternoon during a special assembly:

Background information about the poet

Born way back in 1970 in Rochdale near Manchester I first started my professional life on the fruit and veg stall at Tesco’s! After various jobs including frozen food delivery driver, flower salesman and glass collector I eventually qualified as a primary school teacher in 1992. Eight long, exhausting but wonderful years later I decided to quit the classroom and have a go at writing children’s poetry and suddenly I realised that life would never be the same again!

Since October 2000 I have worked as a professional children’s poet and performer and have visited literally hundreds of schools, libraries and festivals both here in the UK and all over the world.

I have work published by Macmillan, Scholastic, AC Black, Oxford University Press and Hands Up Books to name just a few. My work was recently featured on BBC1’s Match of the Day and I have performed many times on regional and national radio most notably winning a poetry competition on BBC Radio 5 Live back in 2006.