Wes Magee
Wes Magee
"Poetry is two four-letter words... hard work!"

- Wes Magee

All About Wes Magee

Wes was born in Greenock, Scotland and worked as a bank clerk and National Serviceman before training as a teacher. He taught in Swindon schools until becoming head teacher of large primary schools in Welwyn Garden City and Brough, near Hull.

In 1989 he resigned to become a full-time author and has now published more than 90 books for children (poetry, fiction, plays, picture books and anthologies) and 6 collections of poetry for adults.

‘The Very Best of Wes Magee’ won the Children’s Poetry Bookshelf Award, and ‘No Man’s Land’ (poetry for adults) was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation.

Over the years he has made author visits to 100’s of schools and libraries nationwide and abroad where he performs his inter-active ‘Poetry Show’ and tutors writing workshops.

He speaks at Teachers’ Conferences, tutors at adult education colleges, runs INSET events for teachers and his work has been featured many times on radio and TV.

Wes’ School Visits

Depending on the size of the school Wes usually begins with a 30 min session for reception and infants – ‘Action Rhymes’. Then a ‘Poetry Show’ for years 1 & 2 (40 mins) and further ‘Poetry Shows’ for years 3 & 4 (50 mins) and years 5 & 6 (again, 50 mins).

The various interactive ‘Poetry Shows’ are age-appropriate, educational, entertaining and enthusing.

If there’s time Wes ends the day with a ‘Writing Workshop’ (1 hour) for either a single class, or a G&T class-size group from years 3 – 6.

Some schools prefer ‘Poetry Shows’ while others want more ‘Workshops’. Wes works with schools to give them what they’re looking for.

He also offers INSET sessions for teachers on literacy associated matters as well as evening events for teachers and parents. And…. ‘Able Writers’ days during which students write their own books.

Finally, Wes also carries box loads of new books which can be displayed for browsing and/or sale and signing.

Please contact us if you have more specific questions about Wes’ school visits.

Wes’ Books

deep in the green wood

Deep in the Green Wood 

In Wes’ new book of enchanting poems you will find tempting treats and spooky scenes. You can explore an abandoned mansion, meet Mr Grimm, hear the mysterious Howler of the Purple Planet and of course, discover who lives Deep in the Green Wood

**Wes signs all copies of his book purchased by students on the day of his visit.**

To purchase Wes’ book, click here.

Samples of Wes’ Poems

Giant

“Jack’s killed the Giant!” That’s what people said.
Truth was, the fallen Ogre wasn’t dead,
but lay unconscious, huge lump on his head.
He rose, when Jack and all had gone to bed.

With aching brain the Giant stomped away
and walked the world for nine years and a day.
Where mountains towered he stopped. “This looks okay,”
he growled, and made his bed in boulder clay.

Hill climbers saw broad footprints now and then,
but no one ever found the Giant’s den.
The people said, “Beware! He’ll come again,”
and left poor Jack to watch……and wonder when.

One Day?

One day
we’ll land on planet Mars.

One day
we’ll travel to the stars.

One day
we’ll live upon the Moon.

This year?
Next year?
One day?
Soon?

Football Dreaming

I’m
a striker racing,
a fullback chasing,
a winger crossing,
a captain bossing,
a wingback tackling,
a stopper shackling,
a halfback strolling,
a coach controlling,
a forward flicking,
a goalie kicking,
a linkman scheming,
a mad-fan dreaming
on
the
morning
bus
to
school.

Skin Magic

That cooling hand placed on your hot brow….
Your toes when they’re tickled by fingers….
When someone you love just touches your arm….
Ahhhhh,
skin magic
that lingers
and lingers….

The time when you walked hand in hand on a beach….
That hug when you felt, oh, so tragic….
The brush of soft lips on your tear-stained cheek….
Ahhhhh,
pure moments
of magic,
skin magic …..

Recommendations & Reviews

‘Thanks for a fantastic day. The pace and content were fantastic, and the children have all gone home reciting your poems….highly educational, memorable and inspirational all round.’ Pat Sowa, Lit. Co-ord., Brackenfield Prep., Harrogate.

‘Thank you so much for a fabulous day today. You inspired children and adults alike. Thank you for being so great with our children.’ Emma Hills, lit co-ord., Simonside Primary, Newcastle.

‘Just a note to thank you for a superb day yesterday. All the children and the staff enjoyed your inputs and were very pleased with their children’s poems composed with you. Once again many thanks for your time, creativity and support for our children.’ Christine Stinson, Head teacher, Errington Primary, Marske-on-the-Sea

‘We’ve had an amazing week with Wes,who is considered a superstar by the pupils here at BIS Jakarta! He has inspired every age group from Nursery to Lower 6th, not to mention staff and parents alike. His impeccable manners, charming humor and willingness to work his socks off (working with nearly all of the 1300 students in the school over 4 days), has made his visit both memorable and truly pleasurable for everyone involved. Many thanks to you for organising Wes’ visit out here to us, and especially to Wes, who will always be welcomed with open arms at BIS Jakarta if he ever ventures quite this far again.  I am sure there will be some famous poets amongst our students in the years to come who will recite Wes’ poetry as inspiration in their own sessions in schools!’  Joanne Osman British International School Jakarta

 

“Thank you, Wes, for bringing your super poems and stories alive with such skill and enthusiasm.” Mrs. Plaice, teacher at Boughton Primary School, Boughton, Northampton

“It’s been my favourite day at school ever!”

and

“It was a fabulous afternoon seeing an actual author.”

and

“Thank you for a brilliant visit to Edwinstree. Your poems and stories were spectacular!” Year 5 pupils from Edwinstree Middle School, Buntingford, Herts

“If I were an Ofsted Inspector your ‘Poetry Show’ would have been awarded Grade 1.” Class teacher at Braeburn Junior School, Scarborough, N. Yorks.

“Thank you for all your hard work. We had a super day.” Karen Swift, Literacy Co-ordinator, Thornton le Dale Primary School, Thornton le Dale, near York

“Teachers and children thought Wes Magee was amazing.” Teacher reporting back to the organising committee following Wes’s tour of Guernsey schools.

To Make a Booking

To make an enquiry about Wes Magee, or any of the other authors, poets & illustrators listed on this website, please phone Trevor Wilson on +44 (0) 1535 656015, or email him at trevor@caboodlebooks.co.uk