Witty, whimsical, thought-provoking and challenging, here’s the first major collection of green poetry - 56 poems for greenies, non-greenies and in-betweenies about how we can help planet Earth.
Brilliantly illustrated by four time Oscar winner Nick Park and written to be performed aloud, GREEN POEMS FOR A BLUE PLANET has been a hit with both children and adults in the UK and abroad. Poetry performances with projected illustrations and green poetry workshops for schools and special events are also available.
Martin says, 'I hope these poems provoke a thought, raise a smile, start a conversation, spark an idea, spur us into action, or simply turn on a few ‘green lights'.
MARTIN KISZKO is a poet, composer and screenwriter. He has composed over 200 scores for film and television and released eight albums with major European orchestras. His screenplays include the children’s fantasy Junkworld.
NICK PARK is a four-times Academy Award winning director, animator and writer. He is best known as the creator of Wallace and Gromit.
Martin’s second book with animator and director Nick Park
is VERSE FOR THE EARTH: More Green Poems for a Blue Planet.
From planets made of poo to green teenagers and from disappearing hedgehogs to environmentally friendly pirates, here are poems to amuse, entertain and challenge the greenies, non-greenies and inbetweenies of all ages!
Martin's poems and one-man show have been described as 'funny, great entertainment, and sheer environmental magic.'
Martin has been named POET IN RESIDENCE BRISTOL 2015 EUROPEAN GREEN CAPITAL. So if you want your five-a-day greens in a poetic portion - come to Bristol for 2015!
In addition to winning a 2014 Cilmate Week Award for Best Artistic Response to Climate Change, Martin has also recently won an award at the International Green Apple Awards for Environmental Best Practice. He picks up the award from the Houses of Parliament, London.
Poems on Water, Martin Kiszko and WaterAid's national water-themed poetry competition, has attracted over two thousand entries from all over the world and reached over 1.3 million people! Martin will be performing at the schools of the winning entrants. He recently gave a speech and performed at WaterAid's Annual Supporters Meeting in London where two of the young winners Jai Mark and Morro Barry performed alongside.
The Ministry of Education in Cyprus have chosen Martin's poem Water Walk to be a part of the English language learners' curriculum.
A selection of limited edition prints of the poetry accompanied by Nick Park's illustrations have also been made available for sale to promote the new book and performance and workshop work.
Martin's second book with Nick Park, VERSE FOR THE EARTH - MORE GREEN POEMS FOR A BLUE PLANET was launched on March 19th 2014 in Bristol and in London on April 4th for greenies, non-greenies and inbetweenies everywhere!
Tuesday 13th -Saturday 31st January: Exhibition ‘Green Poems for a Blue Planet’ poems by Martin Kiszko with illustrations by Nick Park.The Plough Arts Centre 9-11 Fore Street, Great Torrington, Devon EX38 8HQ Telephone: 01805 624624 email@example.com
'We are delighted to host this exhibition of the poems and illustrations from the book ‘Green Poems for a Blue Planet’. The poems were written by Martin Kiszko, the UK’s Green Poet, with illustrations by Nick Park, creator of ‘Wallace and Gromit’. Martin’s eco- comical poetry for children and families aim to help a new generation understand and grasp the challenges ahead and will hopefully encourage their search for solutions that can create a sustainable environment for all. To accompany the exhibition, Martin will be performing his poems to local schoolchildren and the poems and illustrations will provide the inspiration for their own work which will be exhibited here in March.'
A big green flash of green poetry coming your way! That'll be the UK's Green Poet in his Sunday best greens with challenging poems,performances, workshops and exhibitions for greenies and non-greenies (and maybe inbetweenies) everywhere! And hot off the press - Martin has just been named GREEN POET IN RESIDENCE - BRISTOL 2015 EUROPEAN GREEN CAPITAL.
Take a minute out to look at the new films including Water Walk made with WaterAid and shot in Madagascar.
Green Poems went to Bollywood! Martin performed at the National Centre for the Performing Arts, India. 'You were a great hit!' Anil Dharker, Mumbai Literature Festival.
Check out the poem ENERGY LAUGH in THE BEANO - one of the world's longest running children's comics!
Martin was recently featured on BBC South's news programme about his work with WaterAid, Water Companies and schools across the UK. Other broadcast performances and interviews have included BBC’s BLUE PETER, with the book also featured on Blue Peter’s Bookclub website.
Martin also read poems on BBC Radio 4's series SAVING SPECIES and on BBC Radio Bristol.
As the UK’s Green Poet, Martin’s extremely theatrical and physical performances have been featured on BBC's flagship children's programme BLUE PETER, at the Eden Project Cornwall, Bristol's Festival of Nature, the International Green Awards Ceremony at London’s Natural History Museum, Green Apple Awards Ceremony London, 10:10 Environmental Awards Ceremony, Latitude Festival, Ilkley Literature Festival, Bath Literature Festival, Birmingham Libraries Young Readers’ Week, Greenscreen Film Awards Festival Sheffield, and Colston Hall 2 Bristol where Martin's poems were accompanied by the Bristol Ensemble Orchestra.
One of the world's longest running comics THE BEANO has published one of the poems. Martin also joined Bill Oddie and Simon Barnes on the panel of judges for the The World Land Trust's limerick competition. Martin is currently touring schools and colleges throughout the UK with performances and workshops. His most recent work has been in association with WaterAid and he gave performances and workshops at Yorkshire Water, Southern Water, Welsh Water, Thames Water and at London's Canary Wharf to launch World Water Day! He recently performed at Lincolnshire County Council's launch of the CaNeBuZo Carbon Neutral Business Zone for which he has written a poem Canebuzo Canebuzo! Catching his breath, he went on to give a speech and perform at WaterAid's Anuual Supporters Meeting in London.
Interviews, poetry and articles have appeared in BBC Wildlife Magazine, Venue magazine, Bristol Evening Post, Bristol Review of Books magazine, Bristol magazine, Spongebob Squarepants comic, The Beano, and online mag www.Essentialwriters.com
You can book Martin for a performance at your house, school, TV studio, theatre, festival, conference or massive green global event! Performance Contact:
Agent Kate Marshall
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