VALERIE BLOOM has performed her poetry throughout the world, with many TV and radio appearances. She was awarded an MBE for services to poetry in 2008. Praised by Linton Kwesi Johnson for ‘her mastery of form and language’ and described by Michael Morpurgo as ‘a fine, fine poet and a wonderful storyteller’, Valerie is the author of poetry collections, picture books and two novels for young readers. Her work appears in over 500 anthologies. Valerie’s latest solo collection Stars with Flaming Tails illustrated by Ken Wilson-Max (Otter-Barry Books) won the 2022 CLiPPA, the UK’s top award for published poetry for children.