“As individuals, we are shaped by story from the time of birth; we are formed by what we are told by our parents, our teachers, our intimates.” – Helen Dunmore
Dunmore, born in December 1952, grew up in a large British family, which she said was a great influence on her writing. "In a large family,” she explained, “you hear and observe a great many stories." The writer of both award-winning poetry and dozens of books (mostly for children), she said writing for kids has given her a special grounding in her craft.
“Children will not pretend to be enjoying books, and they will not read books because they have been told that these books are good. They are looking for delight.” Among her clever children’s books are Aliens Don’t Eat Bacon Sandwiches and Go Fox, just two of her works taught in British elementary schools. For "Saturday's Poem" here is Dunmore’s,