Valerie Bloom has performed her poetry throughout the world, with many television and radio appearances. She has been praised by Linton Kwesi Johnson for ‘her mastery of form and language’, described by Michael Morpurgo as ‘a fine, fine poet and a wonderful storyteller’, and by Roger McGough as ‘a mighty performer of her poems on stage, but first and foremost a writer’. Valerie is the author of poetry collections, picture books and two novels for young readers, and her poems appear in over 500 anthologies. She was awarded an MBE for services to poetry in 2008.