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Celia writes mainly for children. Her poems and stories have appeared in hundreds of anthologies, and she is a frequent contributor to BBC Television and Radio. She is published by a number of educational publishers including Schofield & Sims, Collins, Scholastic, Pearsons group, UK, USA and Hong Kong, and Oxford University Press.

She is a regular Writer in Schools – contact if you would like Celia to visit your school.

Find out more about school visits on the Teachers’ page, as well as classroom resources written by Celia Warren.


Read some of Celia’s most popular poems on the POEMS page.

Find out more about Celia and other children’s poets at PoetryZone.

20 Comments leave one →
  1. Alexander permalink
    March 2, 2010 02,03,10

    Hi Mrs Warren,

    I am Alexander and I am eight years old. Tomorrow I am saying “Sounds Like Magic” which you wrote, at the Portadown speech festival. I have been working really hard at it and I think I will do very well. My brother (Jan) is only three and he makes up his own verses for the poem.

    It is a brilliant poem and I really love it.

    From Alexander.

  2. celiawarren permalink*
    March 2, 2010 02,03,10

    Hello Alexander,

    Thanks for your message – I’m sure you’ll recite the poem brilliantly – it’s one of my favourites, too, so I shall be thinking of you and wishing you good luck. Pleased to hear your little brother has had fun making up extra verses. Do you think he’d share some with us on this site – if you wrote them down for him? I’d love to hear his ideas and what objects he’s imagined listening to. Let me know how you get on tomorrow.

    Have fun!


  3. Aaryaa Kamdar permalink
    July 3, 2010 03,07,10

    Dear Mrs. Warren,

    Hi, I’m Aaryaa from India, am going to be 8 this August. I reacited your poem “Sounds like Magic” in my school’s poetry festival. I loved it. Thank you for such a wonderful poem. I also write poems quite often on my own. you are my big inspiration. Thanks. – Aaryaa Kamdar.

    • celiawarren permalink*
      July 3, 2010 03,07,10

      Hello Aaryaa,

      Lovely to hear from you! I’m glad you enjoyed reciting my poem. I find it inspiring, too, when I hear from readers who like my poetry – it makes me want to write more. Do keep writing poems yourself – it’s such fun, isn’t it!

      Best wishes,


      • Aaryaa permalink
        January 13, 2014 13,01,14

        Hello Mrs. Warren,

        It’s me again. I live in India, but just now as an pre-teen aged 11. You have always been one of my biggest inspirations… I love to read your poems. In school we have poetry fests and many other speaking events. Whenever I choose a topic to speak upon, I always remember of the reply you gave, 3 years back. Then I prefer to write something on my own… I always score well in language. In our papers we do have poetry as an aspect. For my development in language I would like to thank you a million. If you would have not written such inspiring poems, I would still be struggling to rhyme words.

        , Thank you heartily

      • Celia Warren permalink*
        January 19, 2014 19,01,14

        Thank you for your kind comment. I am so pleased you are still enjoying poetry and writing your own. Well done! Keep it up.

  4. leoni dunn permalink
    March 3, 2011 03,03,11

    I am six years old and I really like The Water Dragon, it is my favourite poem what you have written, and I love reading it everyday. I have learnt it at school.

    • March 4, 2011 04,03,11

      H2O how cool
      To know you learned my poem at school.

      H2O how nice:
      Leoni’s read it more than twice!


  5. Michelle Graham permalink
    April 12, 2011 12,04,11

    I am a teacher in Hove, Sussex. I am spending (some of) my Easter holidays planning our literacy for the Summer term. I have come across titles of your poems: seaside fun and why are my tears so salty?
    Where can I get them?!
    Many thanks

    • April 12, 2011 12,04,11

      Hi Michelle,

      Nice to hear from you. The poems you mention have been published by the Hamilton Trust, a teachers’ site, which includes the texts of the poems and lesson plans, too. You can find the site here.

      Meanwhile, my Song of the Seaside is on the poems page of this site. Another seasidey one about seagulls is on the video page.

      Have a lovely holiday.
      All good wishes,


  6. Callum permalink
    February 4, 2012 04,02,12

    Dear Mrs Warren
    My favourite poem you wrote is Ten-Nil.
    I’m writing about you for my homework!
    Please can you tell me something about yourself?
    Yours sincerely

    • February 5, 2012 05,02,12

      Hello, Callum. Nice of you to visit. Ten:Nil is one of my favourites, too. Did you know that poem has been cast in iron and fixed to the wall of the Fire Station in Stockbridge, Hampshire? It’s one of ten poems on a poetry trail.

      If you’d like to find out more about me, go to the ‘Blogroll’ links on this site and click on Poetry Zone. Then look for my ABC autobiography on the Poets’ Interviews pages. Have fun.

  7. Sarah Smith permalink
    September 4, 2012 04,09,12

    Dear Celia,
    I am a Primary School teacher and next week we are going to be looking at poetry about the sea. I was wondering if you could tell me please what inspired you to write ‘Why are my tears so salty?’ I would like to share the poem with the children and it would be fantastic if you could share with us a little more about the poem.
    Kind regards,
    Sarah Smith

    • September 4, 2012 04,09,12


      Thanks for your note. Living by the sea, I love to swim in it when time and weather permit. This poem was one of a series that I was writing at the time that told a story. After spotting mermaids swimming, a boy enters the sea, meets and befriends them, and even becomes a merboy with a fishy tail. At last, with Neptune’s intervention, he is led to forget the mermaids, and he leaves the sea to return to the world on dry land. He is unsure whether his adventure is real or imagined. It’s at this point that I wrote this poem, spoken by his mother, who is relieved to find her son, as she believes him drowned. The whole sequence of poems has never been published; only individual poems that stand alone. I feel it does work in isolation as a poem about any child who’s enjoyed a seaside holiday which, like all good things, eventually comes to an end.

      I don’t know whether the whole story will ever be published, but that is the background to it.

      Hope your class enjoy the poem.

      Best wishes,

  8. Stacey Humphries permalink
    May 21, 2013 21,05,13

    Hi Celia, I am a primary school teacher of a year 5 class in Lancashire. I am just wondering whether you have a possible email address that I could see some children’s work to you. We have been writing our own versions of ‘A Cold Morning’ and they are AMAZING!! Many thanks, Stacey Humphries

    • May 22, 2013 22,05,13

      Of course.
      I look forward to reading them.

      It’s funny you should get in touch today as an art student (in her final year) contacted me today with a link: she has created the most touching animation of this very poem. I’m hoping to provide a link from this site anon, subject to her permission. Watch this space.

  9. June 12, 2015 12,06,15

    Dear Celia….we are Year 3 children from Holdbrook Primary School. We have been writing our own poems and hope one day that we could publish them. Your poems are really good and funny. Could you answer some questions for us?
    When did you first start writing poems?
    What inspired you to write poetry?
    How many books of poetry have you written?
    How do you get time to write so many poems?
    Do you want one of your poems to be made into a short play?

    • June 13, 2015 13,06,15

      Hello, Mrs Flynn and Class 3. Thank you for your note. I’m glad you like my poems. Here are answers to your questions:
      Q: When did you first start writing poems?
      As soon as I learned how to write.

      Q: What inspired you to write poetry?
      I loved hearing and reading poems of all sorts, so wanted to write my own.

      Q: How many books of poetry have you written?
      Lots – but not all of them have been published! Among my personal favourites are Don’t Poke a Worm till it Wriggles (Bloomsbury), Star-gazing (Collins Big cat) and Bouncing with the Budgie (QED).

      Q: How do you get time to write so many poems?
      I make time! Often, with poems, they start off in my head when I am doing other things, like gardening or walking, with words and ideas churning around my brain ‘on the back boiler’ for me to play with later. Sometimes, I’ll scribble notes – on the back of shopping lists or on my phone if I’m out and about – or in a notebook at home. Later, I’ll go back to my notes and begin crafting them into a poem. Sometimes I’ll suddenly wake up in the night with a first line in my head, so I keep a notebook and pen by the bed. (I can even write in the dark!)

      Q. Do you want one of your poems to be made into a short play?

      That’s an idea. What fun! One of my poems was made into a film by Naomi Bennett, when she was an art student in her final year. You can see it here.

      Hope you continue to read, write and enjoy poetry.

  10. June 15, 2015 15,06,15

    Thank you for finding the time to reply. The answers were interesting because we are not poets yet…..but some of us might be in the future. We watched your poem, Cold Morning. We thought Naomi Bennett had excellent animation skills. The poem was sad but we still enjoyed listening and watching it being performed. Thank you once again for your response.

    • June 17, 2015 17,06,15

      Thank you for your kind comments. I was delighted with Naomi’s interpretation of my poem (even if it did make me cry to watch it)!

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