Poetic Devices: 

Question Time

Poem from Poems to Perform by Julia Donaldson

How many books have you written?
Have you been writing for years?
Where do you get all the paper?
Where do you get your ideas?

Do you get bumps on your fingers?
Do you get aches in your wrist?
Please can I go to the toilet?
Did you write “Oliver Twist”?

I've got a book about spiders.
I've got a cut on my knee.
I've got an aunt who speaks German.
Gemma keeps tickling me.

Are you quite old? Are you famous?
Are you a millionaire?
I wasn't putting my hand up – I was just twiddling my hair.

How many plays have you written?
Do you write one every day?
Do you… oh dear, I've forgotten
What I was going to say.

Will you be staying to dinner?
Will you go home on the bus?
How many poems have you written?
Will you write one about us?

by Julia Donaldson, published in Poems to Perform. 

Why not try...
  • using questions generated around a topic to construct poems to get people thinking about the topic, or maybe to remind you of the things you have learned.
  • performing your poem – adding appropriate intonation and dynamics!



Julia Donaldson - Question Time

Julia Donaldson - Question Time