Anneliese Emmans Dean

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Available to come to book groups? Yes
Available to give talks? Yes
Available for school visits? Yes – see my website for more information
About Me
Winner of the 2017 York Culture Award for Excellence in Writing, I have lived in York since I was 3, leaving only for gap years and university. (I read Modern and Medieval Languages at Cambridge.) I perform my edu-taining poems nationwide in shows for children, for families and for grown-ups in a wide variety of venues, from theatres and festivals to schools, restaurants, eco-centres and parks. I’m all about learning through laughter, rhythm and rhyme, playing with words, and promoting sustainability through creativity.
I have been commissioned to write and perform poems by the BBC (e.g. Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour and the Radio 2 Arts Show) and by other individuals and organisations.
I work extensively in schools and my poems are used in projects across the country. I have won various prizes, ranging from the Royal Entomological Society’s Lesley Goodman Award to the New Statesman Limerick Competition and the NS Teachers’ Book Award for Poetry.
My photos have been used in natural history publications in Britain and further afield, as well as in a Marks and Spencer/Woodland Trust calendar and in my own books, Buzzing! and Flying High!
I have also written two eco-musicals. One of them, Compost! The (mini-)Musical, won the 2011 Garden Organic Award for Innovation.

My Books

Flying High! (Discover the poetry in British birds)
Brambleby Books, 2017.  Paperback
Genre: Poetry meets ornithology. For ages 5 to 12(-ish!)
Set in York? Partially
Description: A bird book with a difference: it rhymes! This unique guide to British birds is a colourful cocktail of entertaining poems, solid science and 100 fabulous photos. Fly high with Anneliese as, season by season (and giggle by giggle), she introduces you to a wealth of birds and their life cycles, along with top tips on how to ID birds, attract them to your garden and record them too.
The companion volume to Anneliese’s award-winning Buzzing! (‘Discover the poetry in garden minibeasts’), Flying High! is a great laughter-and-learning experience for children and a rib-tickling reprise for grown-ups. In other words: a must for the bookshelves of all bird-lovers, young and old.
You’ll never look at birds in the same way again!
Reviews: ‘Made me chuckle, even laugh out loud, with pleasure!’ Professor Sir John Lawton, RSPB Vice-President
Glorious … What makes the book so special is the sheer joy, fun and enthusiasm Anneliese brings to her versions of common British birds.’ York Press
Awards:  Winner of the 2017 York Culture Award for ‘Excellence in Writing’
View sample pages: Here
Find out more:

cover of Buzzing! by Anneliese Emmans DeanBuzzing! (Discover the poetry in garden minibeasts)
Brambleby Books, 2012. Hardback; 2015 Paperback
Genre: Poetry meets natural history. For ages 5 to 12(-ish!)
Set in York? Partially
Description: Be amazed, be amused, be afraid … it’s Buzzing! Enter the factabulous world of garden minibeasts as you’ve never seen them before. A unique cocktail of edu-taining poems, fascinating facts and over 170 of my close-up minibeast photos, most of them taken in York. A National Insect Week recommended children’s book and teachers’ resource. Includes the ‘Jewel of York’ – the stunning Tansy beetle, only found in York!
Reviews: ‘A fabulous fun-filled flight through the wonderful world of the wiggly, wriggly and giggly … You’ll be edu-entertain-amazed.’ Bumblebee Conservation Trust
‘Anneliese has discovered the poetry in insects, and knows a lot about them too. She has the buzz!’ Sir Quentin Blake, former children’s laureate
***** ‘Likely to be a favourite at home or at school.’ Books for Keeps
‘Recommended to inspire an interest in minibeasts in both children and adults.’ Primary Science
‘A rhyming romp that is captivating, humorous and entertaining … A wonderful fun-filled introduction to the invertebrate world.’ Antenna, Journal of the Royal Entomological Society
‘A delightful partnership of science, poetry and photography … Will be enjoyed by children and adults alike.’ Guardian
***** ‘A fascinating introduction to the invertebrate world … Certainly a book for making learning fun!’ Journal of Biological Education
The real stars of the book are its rhymes … Very funny.’ Science
‘Will undoubtedly help youngsters to understand invertebrates and take in information in a memorable way … [and] serve as a bedside companion for more mature entomologists.’ Bulletin of the Amateur Entomologists Society
Awards:  Winner of the 2015 North Somerset Teachers’ Book Award for Poetry; Shortlisted for the  Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize; nominated for the Carnegie Medal
View sample pages: Here
Find out more and buy from:
My website  l  Amazon  l  Publisher’s website

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