Where can I read your poems?
You’ll see a sample if you click on the POETRY tab on my website. My poetry has also featured in The School Magazine — so if you live in NSW you might have seen my poems in Countdown, and Blast Off.
Where do you get your ideas?
I get ideas from everything that’s happening around me — what I can see, hear, taste, touch and smell. Sometimes I go back to memories from when I was a child and write about that. Sometimes I write about how I’m feeling.
And I play Poetry Tag with Sally Murphy (another Australian poet). We take it in turns to give each other a few words to use in a poem, so then I get my ideas from the words she gives me.
Do you write with a pen and paper, or on the computer?
I use a pen and paper if I’m writing a poem. I have notebooks lying around all over the house. Sometimes I write on a scrap of paper but I don’t recommend it because scrappy bits of paper have a habit of getting lost …
If I’m writing a story, I usually type it on the computer.
Do you run poetry workshops for kids?
Yes! Please email me for my current rates: rebecca[at]rebeccanewman.net.au
Where can I find poetry books?
Have a look in the poetry section at your local library or your school library (ask the librarian to help you if you’re lost). Bookstores usually have children’s poetry books on the shelves and/or you can ask them to order books in.
Write your own poetry books and swap with your friends!