Another in the Ten Things About Poetry and Me Series 😉
In 2016 Virginia was awarded the Leila St John Award for services to children’s literature in Victoria. Here she is with the medal.
1. What is your earliest memory of poetry?
My mother was a pianist. She was always at the piano, and I could sing 80 nursery rhymes when I was two (so my baby book says). Then there were the Zoe McHenry songs as well. All of these are rhymes, of course, so my first introduction to poetry was via song. The piano was a player piano, and we had rolls of most of the Gilbert and Sullivan operas as well. As soon as I could read, I could sing these too – and loved them.
I think we also had to AA MilneWhen We were Very Young and Now We are Six, as I vaguely remember ‘Jonathan Jo had a mouth like an O’, ‘Christopher…
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