Cheryl Moskowitz

Cheryl Moskowitz is a poet, novelist, translator and a facilitator of writing for children and adults

Cheryl is an American born poet, novelist and playwright living in London, UK.

She has an amazing and interesting portfolio of work and projects including; writing poetry, projects in schools and performance in literary arts and music.

Books Go Walkabout has worked with Cheryl in schools in Hong Kong, and via Skype, to students in primary and secondary schools.

She brings to life the innate rhythm within children, enabling poetry to be completed both individually and as a class. This is really successful and children are inspired to use techniques and word play methods.

Her poems have won awards and been published in several leading literary magazines. In 2014 she became the poet-in-residence at Highfield Primary School, London and in March 2018 is one of four poets shortlisted for the Moth Poetry Prize .

The following ideas for the classroom were part of the BookFest Programme which was held at Kellett International School in Hong Kong.

Our team at Books Go Walkabout provided educational resources to support the author event.

Cheryl has lots of ideas and further information about her work on her website, hear Cheryl reading some of the poems from Can it Be About Me?

Can it be about me? - cover image and web link
Buy Cheryl’s book on-line here…

Using Cheryl’s book Can It Be About Me?

Suggested preparation work for Years 1 & 2. Curriculum link – Writing poetry

Book – Can it Be About Me?
• Teacher to read a selection of poems from Can it Be About Me?
• Make a collection of poetry books in the class.
• Read about Haiku’s and Cinquains (Can it Be About Me, p. 29,30)

Suggested Activities
• Use familiar rhymes to start work with the whole class on poetry.
• Find the rhythm in the poem and begin to explore rhyme at the end of lines
• Write down and make a collection of favourite words
• Sing some songs and make a list of individual words that you remember easily
• Start to create a Haiku ( Cheryl will work on Cinquain’s too )

More about Cheryl…
Cheryl studied Psychology at Sussex University. Subsequent training includes Mime, Mask and Movement with Leonard Pitt (Berkeley, California), Drama Therapy with Sue Jennings (Herts College of Art and Design, St. Albans) and Psychodynamic Counselling at the Highgate Counselling Centre.

She began writing and performing poetry in the 80’s with the poetry collectives Angels of Fire and LIP, during which time her poems were published in various anthologies (publishers inc. Chatto & Windus, Rivelin Grapheme, Women’s Press and Five Leaves).

Dramatic works include plays for Quicksilver Theatre for Children, Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood, The King’s Head, Channel 4’s She Play series, and BBC TV drama

In 1996 she co-founded the organisation LAPIDUS (Association for Literary Arts and Personal Development) and taught on the Creative Writing and Personal Development MA at Sussex University 1996 – 2010′.

Source: Website of Cheryl Moskowitz

Cheryl as Poet in Residence at Highfield Primary School – a great film about a poet resident in a school…!

Don’t forget you can see more of Cheryl’s creative work on her own web pages here.


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