John Foster

children's poet


*****STOP PRESS*****

John will be performing poems, including the poems from Christmas Crackers

‘When the reindeer went on strike’ and ‘Questions I’d like to ask Santa’

At Witney’s Switching On of Christmas Lights on Friday 25th November

And at the Abingdon Christmas Extravaganza on Saturday 26th November



In September, John took part in the Third Oxfordshite Readathon at Milton Manor.

In the same month, John was the guest speaker at a graduation ceremony for primary teachers at Oxford Brookes University. His speech included the Oxford Brookes graduation rap.

He also gave a talk at a U3A study day on ‘The joys of children’s literature.’


Music Box Songs

Twenty-four of John’s nursery verses have been set to music by Vince Cross. They include The Dinosaur Rap, and The Hullaballoos Are Coming. They can be listened to and downloaded at

Read with the Stars

On Friday 18 September John was one of the authors performing at the Read with the Stars event at the Kassam Stadium organised by ARCh – Assisted Reading for Children in Oxfordshire. Hundreds of children attended the event, including 200 from Blackbird Leys, which provided a literary festival with a difference. Among the other authors taking part were TV presenters Sam and Mark, Teresa Heapy, Adam and Charlotte Guillain and Cas Lester.