Ready for lift-off! Retired teacher Jonathan Humble launches children’s poetry webzine The Dirigible Balloon

A former deputy headteacher and poet is launching a monthly online magazine devoted to children’s poetry and aimed at linking up with children in schools. Jonathan Humble's webzine The Dirigible Balloon will contain poetry that takes “our young readers on a journey, lifting their thoughts, feelings and aspirations as though they were on an exciting flight, expanding their horizons and having lots of fun in the process”. Jonath...

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