A regular contributor of verse to the CSIRO children’s science magazine Double Helix, and Australian Children’s Poetry, Celia Berrell artfully combines accurate science with rhyme. Science Rhymes are shared around the world, through school textbooks (Australia, Canada, Ireland, India & Malaysia), the Science Rhymes website (www.sciencerhymes.com.au) and via “The Science Rhymes Book – Second Edition” (through by Jabiru Publishing).
Born in Cambridge, England, Celia spent her school days in Yorkshire, later gaining a Certificate in Education from University of Oxford Delegacy for Educational Studies. After four years as a maths & science teacher, she left cloudy England to skydive in the sunshine. Arriving in Australia (with a work-visa) in 1978, she later became an Australian citizen and considers life in Queensland as the perfect working holiday!
Childhood poetry icons include Winnie-the-Pooh’s AA Milne and The Jumblies’s Edward Lear. She created her first poem, The Moon, aged 4 and has used poetry as a way of capturing snapshots of her world ever since. In 2008 she started combining snippets of science in poems as an educational resource. By 2010, with help from alter-ego The Alien Queen of Science Poetry, she was encouraging young writers to create their own poems about science, for publication on the Science Rhymes website.
You can email your science poem to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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