The Wednesday Poetry Corner: Bellamy The Butterfly

“There’ll be no frogs or princes today.”

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As this is The Wednesday Poetry Corner, and I am celebrating reading Bellamy The Butterfly at Wisley Gardens this weekend, I thought I would give you a snippet of the story ~ all in rhyme! Bellamy The Butterfly available on Amazon

…And Pa said, “Bellamy is a magician.
Showing us change and transformation.”

And Rosie said, “That’s a very big word.
That word is a word that I’ve never heard.”

“It means from a-this,” said Pa, “to a-that;
When a thing changes shape from a round to a flat.
Or a thin to a fat, or a big to a small,
Or a wet to a dry, or a low to a tall.
And Bellamy’s clever at making the switch.”

copyright 2013 From Bellamy The Butterfly

And Rosie asked Pa, “Is he like a witch ~
Changing snails into horses and frogs into bats,
And dragons to princes and toads into cats?”

And Bellamy flew on his butterfly way.
“Don’t go,” said…

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Butterfly Week: The Butterfly Effect!

This is a beautiful children’s story book that helps them understand and love the wonders of nature.

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Image by Barry Deeming for The Butterfly Effect Butterfly Week with Dr. Nana Plum Amazing Books For Children Image By Barry Deeming

All this week, to celebrate reading Bellamy The Butterfly at Wisley Gardens, I will be posting different snippets about how butterflies inspire alliteration, poetry and metaphor. Today, I reflect on the Butterfly Effect…

The Butterfly Effect, originates from the idea that the flapping of a butterfly’s wings in South America could affect the weather in Texas. This means the tiniest influence on one part of a system can have a huge effect on another part. This is a huge concept, and I wonder how this concept might be applied to the butterfly effect of giving.

I have included a link to a comprehensive article on the subject HERE about the act of giving and if a philanthropist’s dollar is ever enough. The article questions whether or not we need  thousands of dollars to make a difference. Can the impact of giving only be…

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Butterfly Week With Dr. Nana Plum

This is loads of fun for little ones visiting Wisley Gardens this weekend.

Dr Niamh's Children's Books Bellamy The Butterfly available on Amazon “A handsome, colourful butterfly with beating wings came fluttering by. He made no whisper, made no sound, as he flitted and floated high above ground…”

In celebration that I will be back at Wisley Gardens next weekend reading Bellamy The Butterfly, I have decided to dedicate this week on my blog to those wonderful little creatures that captivate the imaginations of poets and artists alike. All week, I will be posting snippets of inspiration about butterflies ~ from photography, to poetry, to alliteration and art. I hope you will enjoy this and join me here.

This is the butterfly originally created by the wonderful Marta Perine-Bacon and coloured by me!

The challenge of the Pa Dug & Rosie series was to tell factual stories about how everything in the garden serves a purpose ~ including bees, butterflies, and worms and to attempt to bring poetry to science by writing…

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Wednesday Poetry Corner With Jennifer Cartland

A must read blog/poem!

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Touching Angels Niah Clune

I have great pleasure in introducing a poem by Jennifer Cartland to the plum tree. I love the straightforward simplicity of this poem. And I love its poignant ending. This is another of our brilliant submissions for the MOTHER anthology, which we hope will be ready for Mother’s Day 2015. And this is the third in the series of angel illustrations submitted by the brilliant Cleber Pacheco. And while we are on the subject of angels, you will find Touching Angels HERE If you are in the mood for really gentle sounds, this CD is just for you, with love from me.

If you have a poem or art to send in, please do so. We would love to hear from you.

The gift
By Jennifer Cartland

Cleber Pacheco for Plum Tree Books Mother Anthology. MOTHER Anthology Angel By Cleber Pacheco

Somewhere in the silky trill of the early birds
my memory finds you,
and in its deep wanderings

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July 1 is Canada’s National Day, and today’s blog post is dedicated to everything Canadian. The Canadian government is supporting and fostering literature, writers and publishers, even ISBN’s are FREE in Canada!
There is a huge list of government grants and support for writers and publishers. The Canada Council for the Arts offers a range of benefits for professional Canadian writers, collectives and publishers.  In addition to providing support for the creation, translation, publication and promotion of Canadian literature, the “Writing and Publishing Section” funds among others for example author residencies, literary readings and festivals, as well as new areas of activity such as rap poetry, storytelling and electronic literature.

Just one of many provincial benefits for publishers is the Ontario Book Publishing Tax Credit, offering  generous tax deductions.

Good news…

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