I’m going to be gone for a few days and won’t have my computer with me. Ack!! I’ve pre-posted the Word of the Month word for September so be looking for that on the 1st. I’ll remove August poems and comments when I finish goo foffing.
Be well and happy everyone.
Picture by Nathan Papes/Springfield News-Leader
My thanks to Springfield News-Leader and journalist Juliana Goodwin for featuring me as part of my 50th anniversary celebration. https://www.news-leader.com/story/news/local/ozarks/2019/08/22/springfield-mo-author-david-harrison-writing-childrens-books-50-years/2071578001/?fbclid=IwAR2j3fK0btjXSrJ3-Jig_M-HEc60GsBFrifyWhgMxGb_jmXQGqw7y9S_jLY
For those of you who take the News-Leader, the story will be printed in Sunday’s edition.
My thanks to recent Facebook friend, Jane Barnes, who lives in Somerset, England and teaches music. She ordered two of my books as a gift for her 4-year-old niece, Alicia. When she presented the package, even though there were other conversations going on around her, Alicia focused on what was important to her at the moment — new story books. Here’s the result. https://photos.app.goo.gl/Bi6JjRa7F33mV3oR8
Jane, thank you so much for the gift of watching your charming niece’s response. She is a perfect reminder of what we do and why we do it.
Yesterday’s mail included a royalty statement from Dramatic Publishing, the publisher of Sandra Fenichel Asher (Sandy Asher)’s play, SOMEBODY CATCH MY HOMEOWORK, whose characters were inspired by my poetry. The play was first produced by Good Company Theatre for All Ages at the Vandivort Center Theatre in Springfield, Missouri, April 11-14, 2002, directed by Maxine Whittaker. Since then it has been produced numerous times, including at least once abroad, and I’m delighted each time.
According to this latest summary of activity, SOMEBODY CATCH MY HOMEWORK was produced on May 18, 2019 at the University of South Carolina Upstate and on May 27, 2019 by Westbridge Children’s Theatre. I’m proud and happy that this play is still so active seventeen years after it’s 2002 debut.
This is a one-act play that features a class of 4th grade students. There’s a new kid, a missing cat, a school bus, and plenty of action to keep young audiences entertained. Sandy chose poems from my various published (and unpublished) work at the time and I was wonderfully surprised that she found enough characters to populate her highly entertaining play. It’s sort of like a musical except when actors open their mouths, instead of singing, they perform my poetry. Yes!
For more information about how to bring the play to a school or other kid friendly venue near you, contact Dramatic Publishing, 311 Washington St., Woodstock, IL 60098. Telephone: 800-448-7469. Sandy can also provide more insight into the play so you can contact her too.