Friday 23 November 2012

It’s Buzzing!, Guest Blog by Anneliese Emmans Dean

It’s my first published book, it’s hardback and in full colour, it’s published by a small publisher - and it’s just been nominated for the Carnegie Medal, one of the most prestigious prizes in writing for children.

Buzzing! invites children aged 6-12 to ‘discover the poetry in garden minibeasts’ through 67 edu-taining poems, heaps of factabulous scientific facts and over 170 of my close-up minibeast photos. It’s already been chosen as a National Insect Week recommended children’s book and teachers’ resource.

The Foreword is by the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, who describe Buzzing! as ‘a fabulous fun-filled flight through the wonderful world of the wiggly, wriggly and giggly … You’ll be edu-entertain-amazed.’

I perform a live multimedia version of Buzzing! – with projected images and music – to child, family and grown-up audiences nationwide in schools, theatres and festivals, as well as in more eclectic places such as eco-centres, botanic gardens, train stations and the UK’s largest planetarium.

‘Every primary school in the UK should book this enjoyable show’, says the newspaper review of my Ledbury Poetry Festival Buzzing! show.

And Anne Ryder of the U3A described my Buzzing! show as ‘Fantastic. Brilliant entertainment.’

With the first reviews of my Buzzing! book published - ‘a rhyming romp … captivating, humorous and entertaining’ - and great audience reaction to my performance of a Buzzing! poem on Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, these are exciting times!

You can find out more at my website ( and blog (

Book details: Buzzing! by Anneliese Emmans Dean, published by Brambleby Books, £14.99Available from bookshops and online from e.g. Amazon and my website ( and

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